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We want content to be more open and objective.
News is the main way people hear about the science that affects their lives, and there are few alternatives aside from reading scientific journals, which are either too technical, behind paywalls, or both!
When it comes to science, objectivity matters. There are troubling trends in online content such as opinion journalism and advocacy journalism which hurt the public’s ability to understand what’s really going on. Online content is more subjective than ever according to a RAND Corporation report analyzing 15 news outlets over 3 decades. A Pew Research Center study found that many articles are written in a way that makes it hard to tell the difference between fact and opinion, and politics has a huge influence. It is now becoming controversial to even strive for objectivity in reporting at all – but it shouldn’t be.
We don't think advertisers should drive the discussion.
In addition to opinion journalism, there are ads. Ads are a way of life on the internet. You know the kind — annoying pop-ups, unrelated images and gifs interrupting the flow of an article that you’re trying to read, and page margins littered with graphics asking you to buy things.
But what about advertisements you can’t see as clearly? Believe it or not, a lot of what you read online might be paid for by sponsors. This content goes by many names in the industry — SEO content, sponsored content, native advertising, and more. Articles are written to promote a product, brand, or business but are disguised as informative content. Websites make money by charging businesses a fee for posting this content and intermingling it with their regular content.
Sometimes sites are kind enough to tag these posts as “sponsored,” but they are not always required to do so. You can’t always tell. They may contain links back to product pages, which are more obvious. They may simply contain commonly searched keywords that are associated with a brand or product that the company wants to promote.
Help Sciworthy stay impartial
Sciworthy does not do ads, opinion/advocacy reporting, or sponsored content because we are ethically against it. We can see why this option is so appealing to content creators. If we ran sponsored content or wrote about our opinions, we would be a self-sustaining business in no time. We have been volunteering our time for the last 7 years, but we have grown too much to be able to afford to keep doing it for free now.
The good news is, we are a non-profit. So, you help us avoid having to run ads or appeal to emotion by donating to us one time or joining our Patreon community. No donation is too small. You get free stuff for helping us out.
Are we trying to survive entirely from donations?
Definitely not. We understand people don’t want to give all their extra income away to causes. We want knowledge to be free. So, we plan to give back by selling a product, too. Our online training course for writers is eventually going to undergo accreditation to become a continuing education course for science-trained professionals. This project is still under development, however, and donations will give us a boost toward a self-sustaining income.