From 'gee whizz' to 'shock-horror': The limited frameworks of science journalism

University of Queensland
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Australian Journal of Communication, 2002, 29 (3), pp. 43 - 56
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Survey research reveals journalists' and scientists' dissatisfaction with science in the media. Little content·analysis research is available. This article presents a quantitative and qualitative content analysis of articles published in three newspapers in Sydney, Australia, in June-August 1999, when the Pacific Science Congress was held. It indicotes limited frameworks mediating science knowledge, but in more complex combinations than recognised. Examples of accessible informative and educotional science journalism are examined with suggestions for additional refinement.
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