4 November 2014 Leave a comment
Paige Brown Jarreau is a PhD candidate in mass media and public affairs at the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University. She studies the intersection of science communication, journalism and new media. She uses a variety of approaches, both quantitative and qualitative, to study science news norms, beliefs and values of science communicators, environmental psychology and science media framing effects.
She is the author of From the Lab Bench, a science blog hosted on SciLogs.com, where she is a community manager. She writes on a semi-regular basis for the Science & Society section of EMBO Reports. She tweets at @FromTheLabBench.
A version of this post originally appeared on From the Lab Bench, as Something is wrong on the Internet! What does the Science Blogger do?
Full disclosure: This article discusses a fundraising campaign. One of the editors (@jod999) has contributed to that campaign.
Science blogging is one of those curious social media phenomena that has moved mainstream in the science news ecosystem.
Once known as ranty opinion forums, blogs have become one of the best resources of science and science communication online.
Science blogs have spread their influence into the worlds of scientific publishing, science journalism, science policy and popular science. But as they have, we could argue that science bloggers themselves are becoming more accountable to the broader science news ecosystem, even more professionalized.
What do modern science blogging practices and values look like? How are science bloggers deciding what to cover, and what impacts are these decisions having? What does the modern science blogging network look like, and how are bloggers being rewarded for their dogged fixing of science on the internet?