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Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science / Edition 1

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Overview

Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science explores the interactions surrounding scientific uncertainty and its coverage by the mass media. This volume breaks new ground by looking at these issues from multiple perspectives: that of communication scholars studying scientific uncertainty in a number of ways, of science journalists covering these issues, and of scientists actively involved in researching uncertain science and talking to reporters about it. Communicating Uncertainty examines how well the mass media convey to the public the complexities, ambiguities, and controversies that are part of scientific uncertainty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805827286
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/1/1999
  • Series: Routledge Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Introduction. Part I: Interpreting Uncertainty. S.C. Zehr, Scientists' Representations of Uncertainty. S.H. Stocking, How Journalists Deal With Scientific Uncertainty. E. Einsiedel, B. Thorne, Public Responses to Uncertainty. S. Dunwoody, Scientists, Journalists, and the Meaning of Uncertainty. P.M. Boffey, J.E. Rodgers, S.H. Schneider, Interpreting Uncertainty: A Panel Discussion. Part II: Science in the Public Arena. S.H. Priest, Popular Beliefs, Media, and Biotechnology. S.M. Friedman, The Never-Ending Story of Dioxin. D.E. Chubin, An Uncertain Social Contract: The Case of Human Resources for Science. D. Blum, Reporting on the Changing Science of Human Behavior. D. Dumanoski, W.H. Farland, S. Krimsky, Science in the Public Arena: A Panel Discussion. Part III: Beyond the Basics. C.L. Rogers, The Importance of Understanding Audiences. K.E. Rowan, Effective Explanation of Uncertain and Complex Science. R.J. Griffin, Using Systematic Thinking to Choose and Evaluate Evidence. R.R. Colwell, P. Girshman, C.B. Marrett, P. Raeburn, F.S. Rowland, T. Siegfried, Beyond the Basics: A Roundtable Discussion.

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