Guest rant by David Middleton
“If you’ve ever wondered why science journalism is so incredibly bad…”
NPR Is Seeking A Science Editor. Science Education Not Required.
By Alex Berezow — February 5, 2018
The job ad is appalling.
NPR, which to its credit at least attempts to cover science and health, is looking for a new Science Editor. Unfortunately, actually being trained in science is not required for the job.
Under the qualifications section, the ad says, “Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.” Amazingly, not only is a background in science unnecessary, college itself is optional.
If you’ve ever wondered why science journalism is so incredibly bad, this is why. (It’s also one reason why we ranked NPR’s science coverage rather poorly.) But it’s not just NPR. It’s almost all of journalism.
KCTS, the PBS affiliate in Seattle, has a job ad for Science/Environment Producer. Once again, neither…
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