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ERIC Number: ED182774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Communicating Science: The Special Problems of Reporting Scientific Enquiry in the Media.
Goodfield, June
The relationship of reporters, scientists, and the public is explored in this paper. Recent issues that have triggered a demand for a new kind of science writer are noted as including society's increased interest in health care, in problems of the environment, the ethics of genetic engineering, and other issues concerning the autonomy of the individual. The need for communication about science is discussed, as are considerations of the constraints on the media and on the scientists. The analysis concludes that science writers are faced with the role of the scientific reporter as investigator and advocate rather than just a mere communicator of facts and that they should meet this new role of critic. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Institute of Communication (London, England, September 9-13, 1979)