The Two Cultures. Scientists and Journalists, Not an Outdated Relationship.

Hans Peter Peters

Abstract


The relationship between scientists and journalists is much better than its image. Scientists not only believe that public communication is a duty, but also that media visibility is beneficial for them. The scientific culture differs from that of journalism, which causes partly discrepant expectations; but in most cases these do not preclude satisfying interactions between journalists and scientists. The traditional relationship between science and journalism is challenged by the rise of new online media. These provide opportunities for scientists and scientific organizations to communicate directly with the public via websites, blogs and social networks. Science journalism seems to be in a crisis. However, it is unlikely that science journalism diminishes and is fully replaced by public self-presentation of science.


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