People are affected by what is written in the media. Journalists wield great influence over the attitudes and behaviour of young people and adults.
In 2014 we conducted a study to investigate whether media coverage of research misconduct affects public confidence in research and scientists. The analysis was carried out by VA, in collaboration with the SOM (Society Opinion Media) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, and involved a systematic analysis of the major Swedish news media (daily press and television) and their reporting of research misconduct over the period 2002-2013. The analysis also looks at the importance of media consumption.
A summary in English of the results of the 2014 media analysis:
We have also surveyed journalists’ attitudes to science and researchers, and analysed the scientific content in the press.
’Behind the headlines’ is a 2019 study in which twelve Swedish journalists were interviewed to investigate what influences their reporting of scientific issues. The full report is available in Swedish only.
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