Science news in a closed and an open media market: A comparative content analysis of print and online science news in Denmark and the United Kingdom

Gunver Lystbæk Vestergård, Kristian Hvidtfelt Nielsen

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Abstract

Most content analyses of science news are conducted in large Anglo-American media markets. However, we speculate that the intimacy between sources and journalists in small media markets can influence science coverage. Here, we present a comparative analysis of Danish and British newspaper science news in 2012. We find that in both countries science news amounts to about 4% of the total news flow. We also observe that Danish science news more often than British science news is triggered by political events, gives priority to national stories and includes more coverage of humanities and social sciences. Contrary, British science news is more traditional and favours stories on health and the natural sciences often triggered by a journal article. We attribute these differences to intimacy between the public, media, political and scientific spheres in Denmark partly rooted in a closed corporatist media market compared to an open liberal market in the United Kingdom.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Communication
Volume31
Issue6
Pages (from-to)661-677
Number of pages17
ISSN0267-3231
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2016

Keywords

  • Public understanding of science
  • science communication
  • science journalism
  • science news
  • science news triggers

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