Well, we might have predicted that our newest paper would attract some ‘creativity’ in the media. After all, they do have papers to sell (or, more likely, ads to be clicked). This is not to say that reporters butcher the ‘narrative’ of the research – they just spice it up a bit. I think that is fine and a fair trade-off for getting our (Open Access) publications on the radar of the general public.
One media article was particularly playful and chose to illustrate the mainland-island cline in genetics among wolves we documented into a story about ‘the island lifestyle’. I liked it. So did Raeside, an extraordinarily creative and funny cartoonist at the Times Colonist newspaper. Bravo – great stuff!