Im neu erschienen "The Oxford Handbook on the Science of Science Communication" hat Prof. Mike S. Schäfer einen Beitrag über "How Changing Media Structures Are Affecting Science News Coverage" publiziert.
Many citizens and decision-makers obtain information about science mainly, or even exclusively, from news and online media. Accordingly, social science has devoted considerable attention to analysis of science news coverage. A review of this literature reveals a number of ongoing, substantial transformations: In line with the crisis of legacy media, the rise of online communication, and the extension of PR by many societal stakeholders, science communication is changing. Science journalism has come under pressure in publishing houses, and science journalists' working conditions have worsened. The amount of science news coverage is stagnating, albeit after a rise that lasted several decades, and seems to navitage toward either a more controversial reporting about politicized issues such as gene editing or a less critical "churnalism" that is more strongly influenced by PR efforts than before. The implications of these changes for science communication and societal decisions regarding science communication are considered.
Schäfer, M. S. (2017). How Changing Media Structures Are Affecting Science News Coverage. In K. H. Jamieson, D. M. Kahan, & D. Scheufele (Eds.), Oxford library of psychology. The Oxford handbook on the science of science communication (pp. 51–60). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.