The Annenberg Science Media Monitor analyzes the news coverage of widely reported scientific findings in order to increase the public’s understanding of the scientific process. Launched in 2018, the Science Media Monitor is a large-scale content analysis project under the auspices of the Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Science of Science Communication program. It examines news coverage of science from mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The Science Media Monitor’s first report, in August 2018, looked at how well the news media cover the process of scientific discovery. The Science Media Monitor is supported by a grant from the Rita Allen Foundation.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center has released a pair of Science Media Monitor reports analyzing how the news media cover the ethical questions surrounding gene editing with CRISRP/Cas9, and scientific retractions.