News just in ... science reporting is still alive and kicking the world over

Source: The Scotsman

THE US news network CNN has axed its entire science staff, there have been reports of newspapers across the United States ditching their science correspondents and questions have been asked over the longevity of specialist science magazines. So it was with some trepidation that about 900 writers, broadcasters and communicators gathered in London this week for the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ).

But the pessimists didn't have to wait long for some good news: colleagues at newspapers, websites and radio and TV stations across Africa and Asia relayed stories of growth in their native markets, with a growing appetite for science stories in the developing world. At one of the break-out sessions, Nalaka Gunawardene, co-founder and director of Television for Education Asia Pacific – a media foundation – said one of the most popular TV programmes in Sri Lanka was Macro World, in which the presenters used miniature cameras to explore the weird and wonderful creatures that made up the natural world.

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