What do we expect when we read a story written by a professional journalist? An independent attitude towards the subject at hand? A clear separation from public relations? Things used to be simple when journalists worked in their own world, separated from research funding organizations, governments, and private companies.
But circumstances have changed. Nowadays it is quite common for journalists to wear many hats: to earn by writing for PR magazines, to produce sponsored science content, and to get free travel from private companies. Or do they?
Take the opportunity to participate to a hot debate on the situation of independence in science journalism and to hear the results of an online survey of the subject. You are also warmly engouraged to take part in the survey and to contribute to the results by following this link - regardless of whether or not you are in Helsinki: