‘Bad Science?: The challenges of UK specialist reporting and the future of science, health, and environment news’

Andy Williams
(Cardiff University)

Science news is not formed in a social, economic, or cultural vacuum. It is written by people at news organisations which are cutting staff and investing fewer resources into news production than previously. Full discussions of science news in the UK must be situated in the context of the economic and political conditions under which that news is made. Drawing on the findings of an internet survey of UK science news journalists and 52 semi-structured interviews with specialist journalists and editors this talk will investigate elements of the political economy of UK specialist science, health and environment news journalism by assessing changes in the strength of this news beat over time and evaluating changes in working practices and working conditions among this group of news workers.

Thursday, 20th March 2014, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue:  Jerry Morris B, Tavistock Place

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