What science is worth shouting about?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the different ways results of a clinical trial can be reported (What are the right numbers for JUPITER). Inspired by blog posts by Eva Amsen (Failure) and Sally Church (Over hyped cancer drugs or sensational journalism?), I thought more about what makes scientific findings worth talking about outside of your immediate research community. I will look at cancer research, and it is obvious that some research findings are more exciting than others. But it less obvious that it is as important who is communicating the research and what is the intended audience. This is especially true for translational research (Translational Research 2008), where research findings can change the way we treat patients and drug companies (and others) can potentially earn a lot of money.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://front-matter.io/mfenner/what-science-is-worth-shouting-about