We choose to work on a story by one or more of the following criteria:
- The story is high in the news agenda and has a strong science angle
- The subject area is politicized or controversial
- There is potential for mis- or over-interpretation (of research)
- The story plays into current public policy debates
Staff members choose which scientists to contact for a story based on their field of expertise, either by consulting the GENeS database or reaching out to research institutions. All comments are provided voluntarily and GENeS has no agreements to promote individual researchers or their institutions. The number of comments we publish depends entirely on how many researchers are able to respond.
For stories on new research, we ask scientists to read the study and accompanying press materials and send us what they think reporters should be aware of when covering the story. GENeS staff may suggest angles of media interest and will help researchers achieve clarity, but we keep editorial input to a minimum. For breaking news stories, we ask scientists to provide us with their reaction as fast as possible.
For more information on how we find scientists to work with see our Operating Principles.