How news media cover gene editing and scientific retractions

The Annenberg Public Policy Center has released a pair of Science Media Monitor reports analyzing how the news media cover two important issues in science—gene editing and scientific retractions.

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One of the reports examines how the news media framed stories about ethical issues surrounding the controversial gene-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9, starting with its earliest appearances in the press. The other considers how the media covered scientific studies that have been retracted, focusing on three high-profile examples.

These are the second and third reports of the Annenberg Science Media Monitor, a project of APPC’s Science of Science Communication program. The CRISPR report looked at the headlines of 857 articles from mid-2012 to mid-2017 that mentioned CRISPR/Cas9 and ethics.

The third Annenberg Science Media Monitor focuses on news coverage of three high-profile retracted scientific findings. The report found that news pieces about retractions treat those due to unintended error differently than those withdrawn for malfeasance or fraud.

Read more at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.