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The changing uses of accuracy in science communication

journal contribution
posted on 10.03.2016, 11:20 by Anders S. Hansen
Tracing its historical trajectories, this article explores the preoccupation with accuracy in science communication research and explores the resurgence in the present century of concerns about accuracy, balance and impartiality in public communication of science. It is argued that many of the original insights from news and journalism research are still relevant and important if re-formulated in constructionist terms about voice, access and claims-making, and asking, in whose interest? Key to this is also the recognition of a radically changing – technologically, economically and professionally – media and communications environment, with implications for science journalism and a very different dynamic regarding the range and type of actors involved in discursively constructing opinions and information about controversial science and expertise. The article concludes with proposals for future emphases and directions in research broadly concerned with accuracy in science communication.

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Public Understanding of Science, 2016, pp. 1-15

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/Department of Media and Communication

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Public Understanding of Science

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

0963-6625

eissn

1361-6609

Acceptance date

08/02/2016

Copyright date

2016

Available date

10/03/2016

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http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/03/08/0963662516636303

Language

en

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