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HESS Opinions : Science in today's media landscape - challenges and lessons from hydrologists and journalists

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Lutz, Stefanie R. ; Popp, Andrea ; van Emmerik, Tim ; Gleeson, Tom ; Kalaugher, Liz ; Möbius, Karsten ; Mudde, Tonie ; Walton, Brett ; Hut, Rolf ; Savenije, Hubert ; Slater, Louise J. ; Solcerova, Anna ; Stoof, Cathelijne R. ; Zink, Matthias:
HESS Opinions : Science in today's media landscape - challenges and lessons from hydrologists and journalists.
In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. Vol. 22 (2018) Issue 7 . - pp. 3589-3599.
ISSN 1812-2116
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3589-2018

Abstract in another language

Media such as television, newspapers and social media play a key role in the communication between scientists and the general public. Communicating your science via the media can be positive and rewarding by providing the inherent joy of sharing your knowledge with a broader audience, promoting science as a fundamental part of culture and society, impacting decision and policy makers, and giving you a greater recognition by institutions, colleagues and funders. 30 However, the interaction between scientists and journalists is not always straightforward. For instance, scientists may not always be able to translate their work into a compelling story, and journalists may sometimes misinterpret scientific output. In this paper, we present insights from hydrologists and journalists discussing the advantages and benefits as well as the potential pitfalls and aftermath of science-media interaction. As we perceive interacting with the media as a rewarding and essential part of our work, we aim to encourage scientists to participate in the diverse and evolving media landscape. With 35 this paper, we call on the scientific community to support scientists who actively contribute to a fruitful science-media relationship.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER146903
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 09:34
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/48132