How does an idea or invention end up on the news?

In summary, an inventor might share their invention with news websites or contact reporters to promote it. It depends on the novelty of the invention and the potential impact it has.
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kolleamm
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Let's say you invented something, who would you contact to make it public? Such as appear on yahoo news, or in science news articles?

I've been working on a pretty cool robot for several years now and was just thinking that it would be pretty cool if it was shared on news websites.

Is it even worth sharing your ideas to news sites?

Thanks in advance
 
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It really depends on the novelty of your creation. Some folks make youtube videos, post links to it on facebook and tell their friends to share with their friends... If it gets enough hits or goes viral then some news organization might profile it.

Alternatively you could contact your local news but there has to be a story in it something beyond just a cool robot project. There are so many and yours would need to be beyond novel. It would need to be revolutionary.

One example, would be for you to make a business out of it, get some serious kickstarter funding with the potential of bringing jobs to your community and placing your town on the map as a robotics capital.
 
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You might want to prepare a press release.

In the corporate world this is done all the time - usually to promote the launch of a new project. You prepare a layperson description that explains what you've done and why it's important. You contact the reporters. Ultimately each newsgroup will decide whether the story is important or interesting enough to follow.

The news stories that make it into mainstream media are usually the bigger ones that emerge on the science news websites, or ones that are in some way controversial or have something that makes them interesting. The stories on the news sites are often the result of a publication in one of the big journals like Nature.

Often not too many people pay attention to smaller groups that no one has heard of, regardless of how big the idea /results may be. Instead, media tends to follow established names - whether they have something important to say or not.
 
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Thank you very much guys for the advice. I'm going to really have to do some thinking on this one about where to go next but overall a business idea in the long run would be a amazing.
 
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kolleamm said:
Thank you very much guys for the advice. I'm going to really have to do some thinking on this one about where to go next but overall a business idea in the long run would be a amazing.

Please show us when you announce it! :)
 

1. How do scientists get their ideas or inventions featured in the news?

Scientists can get their ideas or inventions featured in the news through a variety of ways. They can submit their findings to a scientific journal or publication, which may then be picked up by news outlets. They can also attend conferences or give presentations, where their work may catch the attention of journalists. Additionally, scientists can proactively reach out to media outlets or hire public relations professionals to help promote their work.

2. What makes an idea or invention newsworthy?

An idea or invention is considered newsworthy when it has the potential to impact a large number of people or has significant societal or economic implications. It may also be newsworthy if it challenges existing beliefs or has unexpected results. Additionally, the way the idea or invention is presented and communicated can also make it more newsworthy.

3. How does the news media decide which scientific ideas or inventions to feature?

The news media will typically feature scientific ideas or inventions that they believe will be of interest to their audience. They may also consider factors such as the potential impact of the idea or invention, the credibility and reputation of the scientist or institution behind it, and the current news climate. Additionally, news outlets may have their own specific criteria for determining what is newsworthy.

4. Are there any ethical considerations when featuring scientific ideas or inventions in the news?

Yes, there are ethical considerations when featuring scientific ideas or inventions in the news. This includes accurately representing the findings and not sensationalizing or exaggerating the results. Scientists should also be transparent about any conflicts of interest or potential biases that may influence their work. Additionally, it is important to consider the potential impact of the news coverage on the public and how it may shape their perceptions or behaviors.

5. How can scientists ensure their ideas or inventions are accurately portrayed in the news?

Scientists can take several steps to ensure their ideas or inventions are accurately portrayed in the news. They can work closely with journalists to provide accurate and clear information about their work, including any limitations or uncertainties. Scientists can also review the news coverage and reach out to the media if they notice any inaccuracies or misrepresentations. Additionally, scientists can also engage in science communication and media training to better understand how to effectively communicate their ideas or inventions to the public.

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