Guardian announces new blog network and scidom over the blogosphere


The Guardian launched a new blog network yesterday, with a strong lineup: GrrlScientist covering matters evo and orni (bird lovers, take note), Evan Harris covering policy and politics and such, Martin Robbins bringing the Lay Scientist to a new banner, and Jon Butterworth of UCL talking life and physics. I understand they’re planning to expand. You can follow them separately or all at once.

This makes a welcome and prominent addition to the growing clusterfield of blog networks emerging post-PepsiFizz. A couple more excellent new networks, including my own new blogging home, will emerge over the next week or so. Perhaps more yet after that. I think this new emerging model, with a sky full of different, interesting, and slightly overlapping constellations, stands to produce a rich and actually more accessible exchange about science.

Meanwhile, if you feel all this science blogging is a bit overwhelming, the Guardian launch announcement offers a reason for that. I’ll let John Hawks, who is well worth a regular read, bring that one on:

The Guardian now has a small network of science blogs. Their launch announcement includes this surprising factoid:

You would not know it from general media coverage but, on the web, science is alive with remarkable debate. According to the Pew Research Centre, science accounts for 10% of all stories on blogs but only 1% of the stories in mainstream media coveage. (The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism looked at a year’s news coverage starting from January 2009.)

I’m not sure that science accounts for 10% of stories on science blogs, but the idea is irresistible. Just think if all the effort we spend on grant applications could be directed toward productive work!

Possibly related posts at NC:
Science bloggers diversify the news – w Hauser affair as case study
[Updated:] For Virginia Heffernan readers, some context on the Scienceblogs-Pepsi fizz
Are bloggers journalists? BoraZ nails this slippery thang to the floor

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