The Public Right to Know About Science

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School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Pacific Journalism Review, 2004, 10 (1), pp. 89 - 101
Issue Date:
2004-01
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Journalism and science are two vocational occupations with roots deep in the momentous developments that ushered in the modern era (eg, Reformation, Enlightenment, democracy and the nation state). While science arises from the former, professional journalists remain committed to their role as the 'watchdogs' of democracy. While this has normally meant scrutiny of the acts of public figures like politicians and entrepreneurs, increasingly in late modernity attention has been turned to science and its potential for harm (eg, nuclear technology, genetic manipulation, etc.).
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