Do science bloggers need a code of ethics? Should they disclose conflicts of interest? Moderate comments? Protect anonymous colleagues? Those were some of the questions raised at the first session, led by linkurl:Janet Stemwedel, ; that I went to today at the linkurl:North Carolina Science Blogging Conference. ; It's the second such conference, and I was stimulated enough by last year's to come back. (I even got linkurl:this story; out of it.) I'll post a few more items from it throughout the day. What struck me about the discussion of science blogging ethics was that it seemed to keep coming back to what we journalists do well or badly, compared to how bloggers do it. I mentioned that, and Stemwedel's response was telling: Consider that science journalists are parents, and science bloggers are teenagers. The bloggers don't really want to be like their parents, but they know journalists have been...

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