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Science journalism for development in the Global South: A systematic literature review of issues and challenges.

Nguyen, A., Tran, M. and Da, N., 2020. Science journalism for development in the Global South: A systematic literature review of issues and challenges. Public Understanding of Science, 28 (8), 973-990.

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DOI: 10.1177/0963662519875447

Abstract

Based primarily on a systematic review of the relevant literature between 2000 and 2017, this paper reflects on the state of journalism about science in developing countries, with a focus on its issues, challenges and implications for their developmental processes and causes. Five major themes emerge from our analysis: (a) heavy dependence on foreign sources, especially the media of the Global North; (b) the low status of domestic science news in newsrooms; (c) uncritical science reporting that lends itself to easy influences of non-science vested interests; (d) tight grips of politics on science journalism; and (e) ineffective relationships between science and journalism. We will demonstrate that, while some of these problems exist in the North, they can have far more severe consequences on the progress of the South, where news plays an almost exclusive role in informing and engaging laypeople with science and its socio-cultural, economic and political implications.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0963-6625
Uncontrolled Keywords:science journalism, science journalism in developing countries, environmental journalism, health journalism, scientific controversies, globalisation of science, media and science, science and politics, science for development, social responsibility of scientists, development communication, global communication for social change
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32654
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:21 Aug 2019 14:27
Last Modified:11 Nov 2019 15:03

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