Science is not fun

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març 17 2011

A crisis of science journalism?

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Aquest és el títol del seminari que Andy Williams, de la Universitat de Cardiff, pronunciarà a la London School of Economics la setmana que ve. La seva recerca sobre l’economia política del periodisme científic al Regne Unit, i sobre els canvis propiciats per les retallades pressupostàries i la subcontractació de notícies científiques, pot tenir interès per als lectors del bloc:

“Science news is not formed in a social, economic, or cultural vacuum. It is written by people at news organisations which are cutting staff and investing fewer resources into news production than previously. I believe that any discussion of science news in the UK must be situated in the context of the economic and political conditions under which news is made. Drawing on the findings of an internet survey of UK science news journalists (response rate 43%), and 52 semi-structured interviews with specialist journalists and editors, this paper will investigate elements of the political economy of UK specialist science, health and environment news journalism by assessing changes in the strength of this news beat over time, and evaluating changes in working practices and working conditions.

“The research shows there was a significant long-term expansion in the staffing of the UK national science news beat in the 1990s, but also that this growth has recently tailed off as key news outlets have started to cut science journalists. Furthermore, workloads have risen significantly in recent years and this has fuelled a number of problems resulting in increased story counts, pressures to produce more online content, and less time to find, check, and research stories. Consequently, important elements of journalism practice are increasingly outsourced to a fairly narrow range of efficient science news sources. This leads to an increasing reliance on PR information subsidies and a homogenisation of science news content. As long as science reporters’ everyday routines leave ever-diminished time and space for finding their own news stories and writing them rigorously, the prospects for high quality, independent, science news in national mainstream media are diminished.”

A partir d’un missatge a la llista de distribució de correu electrònic Mersenne.


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