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Responsibility of media coverage and media attitudes towards science and technology

dc.contributor.advisorClaassen, George
dc.contributor.authorVan Velden, David Pieteren_ZA
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Stellenbosch. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Dept. of Journalism.
dc.descriptionThesis (MPhil (Journalism)--University of Stellenbosch, 2008.
dc.description.abstractThe media have a great responsibility to communicate more science to improve public understanding of science to help them make sense of their world. The aim should be to popularize scientific ideas and to create a better understanding of how science is daily altering lifestyles and culture. Scientific literacy is an important element of an all-round educated person, and the media need to fill whatever blanks have been left by his or her formal education. The function of the scientific journalist is to transform scientific ideas and results into a form that other groups can understand. This transformation is as much an intra-scientific as well as an extra-scientific matter, and the forms that such communication take and the consequences for intellectual development vary according to the sort of field involved, the audience addressed and the relationship between them. This transformation process must not affect the truth status of scientific knowledge, but it obviously changes the form in which this knowledge is expressed. Scientists need to unveil the secrets of nature, and need to explain to the public that science is always incomplete and incremental, that knowledge is imperfect. Communicating with the media is becoming an obligation, and popularizing of science is becoming an integral part of the professional responsibility of practicing scientists. This overview indicates that there is a need for scientists to increase their communication skills and activities across a broad field and for journalists to increase their understanding and training in science.en_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch : University of Stellenbosch
dc.subjectScientific reportingen_ZA
dc.subjectCommunication in scienceen_ZA
dc.subjectReporters and reporting -- Attitudesen_ZA
dc.subjectMedia responsibilityen_ZA
dc.subjectDissertations -- Journalismen_ZA
dc.subjectTheses -- Journalismen_ZA
dc.titleResponsibility of media coverage and media attitudes towards science and technologyen_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of Stellenbosch

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