An idle thought on career diversification. Answered
As you may know, I teach Science.
You may have noticed that I occasionally venture an opinion on science-related topics.
You may also have noticed that bad science, and the acceptance of anti-science tend to get on my nerves.
Part of the problem, of course, is the meeja - the majority of journalists have little or no science training, so they focus on the dramatic sound-bites when reporting stuff. Heck, these days the majority of journalists aren't even journalists - they're bloggers.
After the massive fuss I had to put up with at school over the LHC (destroying the world by sucking it into an exploding black hole then turning time backwards), I tried to find out where the kids got their panicky ideas from, and it turned out to be the tabloid press (the Star and the Sun, for UK readers).
Now, I could wait until the papers publish their bad headlines and write an annoyed letter, or I could be pro-active.
Do any of you guys think there is any mileage in setting myself up as a consulting service to the scientifically-illiterate news media?
I thought, maybe, offering "expert opinions" on scientific events to newspapers that don't have scientists on staff, or maybe a translation service, turning scientific papers and press-releases into something journalists can cope with.
I have emailed the main local newspapers, plus the BBC.