Journalism & Communication: The Key Differences


For those who don’t know, there is a huge difference between the practices of journalism and science communication. Communication is defined as an “exchange of information”, whereas journalism is the interrogative discipline often responsible for finding this information out.

So, while journalism may comprise communication within it, its success largely relies on its associated investigative, questioning and probing nature.

Journalists = Bad news

Many people don’t like journalists. These are the figures who camp outside your door, who pester you for answers and who don’t seek your approval before publishing work that could potentially ruin your life. Imagine being falsely accused for murder and having your picture splashed across the news – it’s hard to recover a social life after that.

Here at Research Features, we operate in the opposite way. We only ever publish articles at the point where not only do we have the researcher’s approval, but we feel the work is at the high quality we aspire to achieve. Like journalists, we do write in-depth features and we do ask questions. But the key difference between us and them is that we respect the people we’re talking to.

Respecting Science

We understand scientists are busy and we always work around that, as we only ever want to be on their side. Journalists – on the other hand – often don’t, publishing sensationalized headlines here, there and everywhere about what the latest wonder-drug is or how some vegetable can cure cancer.

We appreciate science and are genuinely fascinated by it – our aim is to resonate that with our readers, to satisfy their ever-growing interest in science. We are not a news media agency, and we are not a scholarly publisher – we occupy the space in-between the two and we feel very comfortable there. And, so should you.

The scholarly world is edging ever closer to a world of open access, where researchers worldwide will choose to pay to have their work featured more prominently in the mainstream media. Having this access can only be a good thing and we want to be a part of that movement. We’d be delighted if you came with us along the way. 

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