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On the roles of scientists, press officers and journalists

Weitkamp, Emma

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Emma Weitkamp
Professor of Science Communication


This issue of the Journal of Science Communication raises a number
of questions about the ways that new scientific research emerges from research
institutions and in particular the role played by scientists, press officers and
journalists in this process. This is not to suggest that the public don’t play an
equally important role, and several articles in this issue raise questions about
public engagement, but to explore the dynamics at play in one specific arena: that
of news production. In this editorial I explore the increasing reliance of science
journalists on public relations sources and consider what questions this raises for
science communication.


Weitkamp, E. (2014). On the roles of scientists, press officers and journalists. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 13(03),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 21, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 26, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 10, 2016
Journal Journal of Science Communication
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 03
Keywords public relations, journalism, science communication
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