From journal to headline: the accuracy of climate science news in Danish high quality newspapers

Date: 
Friday, June 10, 2011
Resource Type:
Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: 
Media and Technology, Comics, Books, and Newspapers
Audience: 
General Public | Scientists
Discipline: 
Climate
Organization:
Aarhus University
Description: 

A significant number of mass media news stories on climate change quote scientific publications. However, the journalistic process of popularizing scientific research regarding climate change has been profoundly criticized for being manipulative and inaccurate. This preliminary study used content analysis to examine the accuracy of Danish high quality newspapers in quoting scientific publications from 1997 to 2009. Out of 88 articles, 46 contained inaccuracies though the majority was found to be insignificant and random. The study concludes that Danish broadsheet newspapers are ‘moderately inaccurate’ in quoting science publications but are not deliberately hyping scientific claims. However, the study also shows that 11% contained confusion of source, meaning that statements originating from press material or other news outlets were incorrectly credited to scientific peer-reviewed publications.

Citation
ISSN:
1824-2049
Publication Name: 
Journal of Science Communication
Volume: 
10
Number: 
2
Document:

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