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The Credibility of Science Communication

Author(s): Nielsen, L. H. | Jørgensen, N. T. | Jantzen, K. | Christensen, L. L.

Journal: Communicating Astronomy with Public
ISSN 1996-5621

Issue: 01;
Start page: 05;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Credibility | Hype | Science Communication | Astronomy | Visibility | Press Releases

Current developments in the media marketplace and an increased need for visibility to secure funding are leading inevitably to faster, simpler and more aggressive science communication. This article presents the results of an exploratory study of potential credibility problems in astronomy press releases, their causes, consequences and possible remedies. The study consisted of eleven open-ended interviews with journalists, scientists and public information officers. Results suggest that credibility issues are central to communication, deeply integrated into the workflow and can have severe consequences for the actors (especially the scientist), but are an unavoidable part of thecommunication process.
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