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Title: Scientists in the public sphere: Interactions of scientists and journalists in Brazil
Authors: Massarani, Luisa
Peters, Hans P.
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Casa de Oswaldo Cruz. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil
Abstract: In order to map scientists’ views on media channels and explore their experiences interacting with journalists, the authors conducted a survey of about 1,000 Brazilian scientists. Results indicate that scientists have clear and high expectations about how journalists should act in reporting scientifi c information in the media, but such expectations, in their opinion, do not always seem to be met. Nonetheless, the results show that surveyed scientists rate their relation with the media positively: 67% say that having their research covered by media has a positive impact on their colleagues. One quarter of the respondents expressed that talking to the media can facilitate acquisition of more funds for research. Moreover, 38% of the total respondents believe that writing about an interesting topic for release on media channels can also facilitate research publication in a scientifi c journal. However, 15% of the respondents outright agree that research reported in the media beforehand can threaten acceptance for publication by a scientifi c journal. We hope that these results can foster some initiatives for improving awareness of the two cultures, scientists and journalists; increasing the access of journalists to Brazilian scientifi c endeavors; stimulating scientists to communicate with the public via social networks.
Keywords: Brazil
Interactions of scientists and journalists
Public communication of science and technology
Science communication
Science journalism
keywords: Interações de cientistas e jornalistas
Comunicação pública de ciência e tecnologia
Comunicação científica
Jornalismo científico
DeCS: Comunicação e divulgação científica
Jornalismo científico
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: MASSARANI, Luisa ; PETERS, H. P. . Scientists in the public realm: Interactions of scientists and journalists in Brazil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências (Impresso), v. 88, p. 1165-1175, 2016.
ISSN: 0001-3765
Copyright: open access
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