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The challenges for science journalism in the UK

Murcott, Toby and Williams, Andy 2013. The challenges for science journalism in the UK. Progress in Physical Geography 37 (2) , pp. 152-160. 10.1177/0309133312471285

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Science journalists in the UK face a number of significant challenges, some shared by journalists in general and some specific to the reporting of science. The world of journalism is changing rapidly as online media grow, squeezing resources and putting pressure on journalists to produce maximum output on minimum resources. The effect is to threaten to shift the role of science news production away from science journalists to public relations (PR) professionals, and to reduce the essential democratic role of the journalist holding the spenders of public money to account. Evidence for this is offered from recent research into the state of science journalism in the UK, and from a BBC-commissioned report into the impartiality of new science coverage in the UK by the state broadcaster.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: BBC ‘churnalism’; impartiality; multimedia; press release; ;reporting science; science journalism; science news
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0309-1333
Funders: RCUK
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:12

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