1990-...: Wall 2
The journalist's desk is along the left wall.
There is also a plasma television set hanging on the wall where a video with a science journalist may be viewed.
Following is the list of links that may be found when you click on the computer
Sciences Sections on Media Group Websites
The Globe and Mail
Science et Avenir/Le Nouvel Observateur
Independent Media on the Internet
e! Science News
Blogs Written by Science Journalists
Sciences Dessus Dessous
First science blog of the great Quebec press group, GESCA. The group entrusted its science blog to the science journalist in the employ of the daily newspaper, Le Soleil, in Québec. The blog makes connections with current events, often several items a day.
Mon il! Le blogue d'une journaliste scientifique en colère
Blog written by science journalist Valérie Borde who very successfully bridges public concerns with scientific facts. Rich in information and hard-hitting commentaries.
Le carnet de Yanick Villedieu, Radio-Canada
The host of the science show Les Années lumière aired on Radio-Canada documents commentaries on important scientific breakthroughs. He also presents his favourites and his finds.
Journalist Jean-Charles Condo presents and comments on scientific news in Canada and abroad. He makes great use of hyperlinks to support his comments in long vignettes.
Quirks & Quarks, CBC
The blog kept by the host of the radio show of same name aired on the CBC proposes long vignettes once a week. Bob McDonald provides an in-depth analysis of some scientific news as well as his opinion on the subject.
Dark Matter, Ottawa Citizen
Blogger Tom Spears feeds this blog dedicated to science seen from a humoristic point of view. Some of his scientific news is light-hearted and other times serious, but always presented in a casual manner.
Science in B.C., Vancouver Sun
The science journalist of the Vancouver Sun, Chad Skelton, presents and analyzes scientific news originating in British Columbia. He attempts to link vignettes to daily news or the context of current research.
Following is the video scenario
|A contemporary science journalist speaks directly to the viewer. She is in a room representative of 1990. She is dressed in a stylish red outfit.|
I don't have much time to talk to you, but it will give me a break! That's cool!
|In half an hour I have a meeting with the Québec Science collaborators, then, ah|
|I have to return a phone call to the biochemistry scientist, update my Blog, revise the text for my radio broadcast and prepare a list of questions for the interview tomorrow yes,|
|a normal workday in the life of a science journalism freelancer!|
|In any case, science journalism has changed a lot in the past 20 years. This is what my father says and I am just starting in the trade.|
|He was a permanent journalist with the magazine, and retired recently.|
|Even though he pushed hard for me to obtain contracts here, I also work for several other media.|
|In any case, with the convergence of the press industry, bosses often ask us to write articles for paper and electronic versions of the same media. You have to adapt the content accordingly!|
|Another thing is also very different. Now general journalists cover science and technology.|
|But I have to tell you this: when you don't have any training in science, you need to do a lot of research to understand and explain subjects such as GMOs, greenhouse gas and swine flu!|
|I do pretty well because of my Bachelor's Degree in Biology. But in the end, I wanted to become a journalist yes, just like my father! So, I completed a certificate in journalism.|
|All the same, I have to follow science news continuously because science has become international in scope.|
|Take, for instance, subjects like pandemics and climatic issues: we need to explain locally, issues having an impact on the entire planet!|
|Moreover, research is increasingly privatized and competition is fierce in the scientific community.|
|As journalists, we must separate the public interest from financial interests involved in scientific advancements...|
|...not to mention the ethical issues raised by scientific progress, in biomedicine, among others.|
|What is paradoxical is that science and technology occupy a large place in our lives, yet daily newspapers and general television networks cover these subjects but sparingly.|
|As a result, the number of science journalists has decreased dramatically since my father's era.|
|Nevertheless, some do remain because we created the World Federation of Science Journalists in 2002! Indeed, Federation headquarters are located in Gatineau, Quebec.|
|But since the 1990s, the Internet and specialized television networks have been offering new science slots.|
|The Web features tons of science and techno pages and Blogs. Here, I'll show you.|
|Well, I must leave you now. I really have to telephone that biochemistry scientist. I need his input to complete my article!
Have a great day!