Telomerase, on Jul 23 2009, 07:58 AM, said:
Though I am content and happy with the current lab, I've been thinking about switching to journalism, real scientific journalism, after I get the thesis and a bit of postdoc experience. That's a few years from now on, and I can think of several problems.
First, do you really think that scientific journals as such will become obsolete in several years? I wouldn't like to jump on a sinking boat.
Second, is my non-native English a big obstacle? I won't be able to acquire the same level of literacy as in my mother's tongue. Though my English is quite fluent, it is still far from native. Scientific journalism is not literature though, and there are proofreaders...
Did any of you made such a change? Was it satisfying?
You’re asking the possibility of which becoming obsolete- the peer-reviewed scientific journals or the general published scientific literature (books, magazines, newspaper articles)? Then how are we going to gather or disseminate information, flaunt discoveries and groundbreaking achievements
which hopefully would be used for improvement lives etc. or at least as bases for further work or collaborative efforts. It also goes with the system of checks and balances to ensure that a certain standard (hopefully the highest) is adhered to: here is my work, so judge it. As for the general lit, how are we gonna educate/entertain the public (esp the young) in all sciency matters? So if this is a sinking ship, then everybody drowns with it.
If you’re a bit concerned about your English, perhaps you can do a postdoc in a native English-speaking country…it would help I think but the best thing always is to try (even at a small scale at first) if it’s really something that you want to do.