Hello, and thank you for joining us at The Factual Enquirer. This blog is the class project of Biology 490 - Biology Writing for a Broad Audience at Allegheny College. The class is an enthusiastic group of 10 students who will be contributing regularly to the conversation about science and science writing. Our class discussions have already touched on questions like:
• Who is this broad audience, anyway?
• How do we choose topics and stories to write about?
• How do we navigate an appropriate balance in writing about science process and science content?
• What are the roles of consensus and authority in science, and how does that affect our consideration of what constitutes a reliable source?
We even tiptoed into the "scientists vs. journalists" debates. We hadn't looked at the article that prompted the latest upwelling of strong feelings, nor the responses here, here, and here. Nevertheless, our analysis converged on that of Ed Yong at Not Exactly Rocket Science: