Scientific journalism

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The first part of the Collateral Murder piece released by WikiLeaks, which also included a complete, unedited version of the video, as well as one which provides additional context and political analysis.

Scientific journalism is the practice of including primary sources along with journalistic stories. The concept has been championed by Julian Assange of Wikileaks[1][2] and is inspired by the philosophy of Karl Popper.[3]


The rationale is that where once newspapers were limited in what they could publish by the length of the page, digital technologies provide essentially unbounded capabilities for hosting primary-source documents.


The most notable examples are the releases of Wikileaks. Along the same lines is a similar project, Cryptome, which publishes complete secret military and spy documents to the public along with commentary.


  1. ^ Khatchadourian, Raffi (June 7, 2010). "WikiLeaks and Julian Paul Assange". The New Yorker. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bland, Scott (July 26, 2010). "Julian Assange: the hacker who created WikiLeaks". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Julian Assange's Vision of a ‘Scientific Journalism’".