SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE OF CANADA
In 2008, a small group of concerned journalists, researchers and public supporters of science decided the way to tackle this problem was primarily by providing help to general assignment reporters. Our proposed remedy is the Science Media Centre of Canada, patterned after centres already operating successfully in the U.K. and Australia.
The Science Media Centre of Canada helps journalists cover stories in which science plays an important part. This means everything from stories where science is the story - such as the discovery of a new Earth-like planet – to stories where science provides the crucial factual underpinning - such as citizen opposition to cellphone towers. The word “science” encompasses the natural, social and biomedical sciences and also includes stories dealing with technology, engineering, environment and some aspects of the humanities.
Approximately 20 respected Canadian researchers comprise our Research Advisory Panel, ensuring scientific accuracy. Our Editorial Advisory Committee, made up of six veteran Canadian journalists, ensures objectivity and journalistic integrity.
Founded: 2008, operational in 2010.
Funding: Funded by charter members from the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, the Centre has mandated that no more than 10% of its funding comes from any single source. This ensures objectivity and independence.