In the spotlight thanks to science journalists

So, this is probably every scientist’s dream: getting exposure for your research and getting the feeling that someone cares about your work. But then again, doesn’t this apply to all of us? :-)

Recently our publication on undernutrition management got the attention it needs, within a website and magazine for care professionals. Two journalists interviewed me via the telephone, like I did with my professionals in the study! I talked with them for half an hour and they managed to write these super slick articles about that interview and our publication.

Aliëtte Jonkers wrote an article for BijZijn-XL, which you can read here.

Rhijja Jansen wrote three smaller articles:

  1. 3 fabels over ondervoeding bij ouderen
  2. 5 tips om ondervoeding bij ouderen te signaleren
  3. ‘Verzorgenden onderschatten ondervoeding bij ouderen’

It’s so great to read their articles back, as they managed to point out the essence of what I said during an interview of 30 minutes. You have to realize that I don’t talk as structured and eloquently as I come across in these articles now :D It’s really an art in itself to make sense of what someone else says in many many words and write it down in an appealing, understandable way. That’s what Aliëtte and Rhijja did, and many other science journalists continuously do: exposing the layman to findings in science. Our publication in BMC Nutrition will never achieve so many views as the articles above, let alone that it will be seen by the most important target group in this case: the care professionals.

I’ve said it earlier and I would like to underline this again: many thanks to all science journalists out there who take the time and effort to write about our research in an appealing and concise way! You contribute to our aim to have an impact on everyday life and motivate us to continue our work, with every piece you write, really :-)


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