How Political Science Can Help Journalism (and Still Let Journalists Be Journalists)

  title={How Political Science Can Help Journalism (and Still Let Journalists Be Journalists)},
  author={Brendan Nyhan and John M. Sides},
  journal={The Forum},
Political scientists frequently lament the media’s neglect of our research. Although reporters should have a basic understanding of the field, it is not reasonable to expect them to restate the conclusions of academic research on a daily basis. Moreover, it is not always clear how research findings apply within the conventions of political journalism, which is context-specific and episodic in nature. In this article, we propose an approach that would bring more political science to journalism… 
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