Journalists wield great influence over the attitudes and behaviour of young people and adults. People are affected by what is written in the media.
We have therefore surveyed journalists’ attitudes to science and researchers, and analysed the scientific content in the press. In 2005 we conducted telephone interviews with 550 journalists working in different types of media and focusing on different fields. At the same time we analysed the science-related or supposed science-related content in a sample of daily newspapers, youth magazines and family magazines. Working with Göteborg University in winter 2005 – 2006, we asked 1,854 journalists a number of more in-depth questions on science and researchers. The following reports in English summarise the study and its results:
How Journalists View Science, 2005 – Presentation
On VA Day 2005 the relationships between science and journalism were discussed: Summary of VA Day 2005
At a workshop with journalism students and doctoral candidates in November 2005 the issue of what happens when science and journalists meet was addressed. Summary: What happens in the meeting between scientists and journalists – Workshop report