All of this has led to a new model of disseminating social science research through the media. Several economists at top departments said colleagues were now tailoring and pitching their academic papers to journalists, rather than writing papers and allowing the news media to discover them on their own.
One danger is that many journalists are not equipped to distinguish good science from shoddy science. That is a particular risk when the work does not wend its way through the usual academic channels before entering the
news media’s consciousness.
Having interned at a scholarly publisher while in graduate school … and still being very interested in the field … and having once wrote a research paper on this subject that was named a national finalist for an information science and technology organization … I found this article particularly fascinating.