Social Scientists Meet the Media

Social Scientists Meet the Media

Social Scientists Meet the Media

Social Scientists Meet the Media

Synopsis

Social Scientists know they are in a dilemma: their work may fall prey to sensationalism, but at the same time they don't want to be overlooked. Social Scientists Meet the Media collects the experiences of academics who have sought to publicize their research. It contains personal accounts from social scientists with extensive media contact and representatives from radio, television and the press. Based on these often humorous and sometimes chastening accounts, the editors suggest ways to achieve a more fruitful relationship between social scientists and the media.

Excerpt

Dissemination of research is a vital part of the scientific process. the mass media represent the gateway to communicating with a much wider audience than is usually reached through the normal academic outlets. Yet so often the interaction between academics and the media can be unsatisfactory or frustrating and even disastrous. Some academics respond to this problem by steadfastly avoiding media contact. This is not the solution. It is far better for academics and media practitioners to be aware of the potential dangers and to work together to the benefit of all concerned. This is particularly important in the case of the social sciences, where research findings often have direct implications for society. the description ‘social sciences’ is used here in a broad sense, encompassing the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social policy, social medicine, political and economic science and business management. While this book is concerned with the reporting of social scientific research, many of the issues discussed are relevant to the physical and biological sciences.

Media reportage of the social sciences is explored from the point of view of both social scientists and the media. We have personal accounts from social scientists who have ‘enjoyed’ extensive media contact, along with the views of representatives from radio, television and the press.

We look at the problems inherent in media coverage of social scientific research and outline ways in which to achieve a more fruitful relationship between the social sciences and the media.

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