Evidence Based Journalism
Science Journalism is in trouble. Press departments at academic institutions distort scientific results to render them more sensational, journalists gobble up these half- or non-truths or copy them from colleagues due to time pressure or lack of insight. In this manner „remarkable discoveries” (i.e. „chocolate is good for your health”) spread around the globe. In doing so generate the clicks and by extension the „reach” that online publishers can sell as success to their advertising partners. In this manner even obviously false results and outright lies find their way into thepublic consciousness in the guise of apparent truths.
How can a journalist counter this development? Attentive work would already help quite a bit: To check sources (is it a credible magazine, was there a peer review?), to evaluate the research methods (was the sample size big enough, were reasonable controls used) or pushing the authors with tough questions. You may think such habits go without saying. They don't. To the contrary, especially online publications, chased by worries about clicks and reach, have long betrayed such journalistic virtues, at least in Germany. And those few old school journalists, who haven't forgotten, can find their kind on the red list of endangered authors.
Evidence Based Journalism is a collective of authors, journalists and scientist, who aim to fill this growing void in the media landscape. We are not a club and not a company, we don't follow articles of asscociation or a business model. Each member works indepently and is completely responsible for his own work. Nevertheless we stand united for high quality research, critical reporting and the freedom of a journalism devoid of financial interests.
Thus, Evidence Based Journalism aims to contribute to a breed of science journalism that evaluates all available sources, that adequately describes complex matters and in consequence takes its responsibility towards the reader serious once more.