A recap: The role, power, and peril of media for the communication of science

Nan Li, Robert B. Lull

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Science is communicated in a rapidly evolving media environment, characterized by Part Five’s three themes: politicization of science issues; fusion of science, narrative, and entertainment; and the rise of satirical news programs and late night comedies. Media reports about science in general are more fragmented, politicized, and, because of the capacity to access reports from scientific organizations directly, in some instances, more sophisticated than ever before. This synthesis describes those trends and invites scientists and journalists to embrace models better suited to an evolving media environment, such as formal communication training for scientists and knowledge- based journalism for the media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Science of Science Communication
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780190497620
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Data journalism
  • Polarization
  • Public engagement
  • Science entertainment
  • Science journalism
  • Science media


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