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The Sciences

Breaking Down That Wall

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorJuly 6, 2011 1:52 AM

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While reading the intro to the new SciAm blog network (launched today), this caught my eye:

We are trying to eliminate the artificial line between "blogging" and "journalism" and focus on good, accurate writing, no matter what form it comes in or what software is used to produce it. Our bloggers are a part of our team, as "˜continuous correspondents' or "˜full-time freelancers'. Thus, I made careful choices keeping this in mind "“ I invited bloggers whose expertise, quality of writing, and professionalism fit well with the mission and general tenor of our organization.

I think it's admirable that SciAm wants to professionalize "blogging" in a way that puts it on par with "journalism." I'm all for it. Just one teensy question: So if science bloggers are being welcomed into the magazine fold, as "part of our team, as 'continuous correspondents' or 'full-time freelancers," I assume they're being financially compensated as such? Just asking.

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