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During January 2012’s Leveson Inquiry into UK press standards, UK group the Science Media Centre recommended a series of guidelines for science reporting, the UK Telegraph and Columbia Journalism Review reported.

Science Media Centre identifies itself as “an independent venture working to promote the voices, stories and views of the scientific community to the national news media when science is in the headlines.”

The group submitted its evidence in December and appeared in front of the hearing January 24. See Science Media Centre’s Fiona Fox’s witness statement here on the Leveson Inquiry’s website.

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The group called for science journalists to create “new guidelines for the reporting of science” and advised newspapers to have “at least one news editor and sub editor with a background in science reporting.”

Other interesting recommendations called for newspapers to have “all science stories” be reviewed by “specialist science reporters” and for journalists to have “basic science training.”

See all the proposals here on Science Media Centre’s website.

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