S-Space College of Social Sciences (사회과학대학) Institute of Communication Research (언론정보연구소) Journal of Communication Research (언론정보연구) Journal of Communication Research (언론정보연구) vol.43(1) (2006)
"Trust US … We`re Doctors": Science, Media, and Ethics in the Hwang stem cell Controversy
- Sparrow, Robert
- Issue Date
- Journal of Communication Research, Vol.43 No.1. pp. 5-24
- When doubts were first raised about the veracity of thedramatic advances in
stem cell research announced by Professor Hwang Woo-Suk, a significant minority
response was to question the qualifications of journalists to investigate the matter.
In this paper I examine the contemporary relationships between science, scientists,
the public, and the media. In the modern context the progress of science often
relies on the media to mobilise public support for research and also for the
purpose of communication within the scientific community. As a result, attempts to
counterpose "science" and "the media" should be treated with some caution. dlargue that because of the essential role played by ethics in good science,
journalists may in fact sometimes be well placed to investigate scientists. At the
conclusion of my paper I draw out some of the implications of my analysis for the
ethics of investigative journalism directed towards scientific research.