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2. ( 2 pts ) What differences are there between the mission and motivation of journalists and the mission and motivation of social scientists? What differences are there between the research methods each group uses to derive “truth” about the world? (1-3 sentences) The differences are that in social science both theories and hypotheses are falsifiable, then are able to modify them to get a better answer for next time. In journalism you have no room for false information and journalists will make sure their sources are not anonymous because in case they are provided with false information they will not use that source again because their job relies on providing the public with the facts and the truth.
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3. ( 4 pts ) In class, we discussed many ways that social scientific methods go awry as a result of various pressures researchers face to produce knowledge. The movie discusses many pressures that journalists face that can sometimes cloud their judgment and skew their reporting. What similarities and differences can you identify between the pressures faced by modern social scientists and the pressures faced by modern journalists? (1-2 paragraphs) In social science there is something known as P-hacking that occurs which is the misuse of analytical techniques to find statistically significant patterns in your sample data. It can sometimes be known as “questionable research practices” It’s not often malicious, scientists are just very motivated to find significant results in their study. In journalism there is an instinct to communicate before even having anything to communicate. They used an example of sending a 25 year old kid to cover the government press conference every Friday and in 3 months he becomes very familiar with the ministers and that can cloud his judgment. That the pressure of having a story made the journalists work faster in order to obtain the information which could lead to developing a bias about a person that will affect their work.
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