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Microblogging as an extension of science reporting


Büchi, Moritz (2017). Microblogging as an extension of science reporting. Public Understanding of Science, 26(8):953-968.

Abstract

Mass media have long provided general publics with science news. New media like Twitter have entered this system and provide an additional platform for the dissemination of science information. Based on automated collection and analysis of more than 900 news articles and 70,000 tweets, this study explores the online communication of current science news. Topic modeling (latent Dirichlet allocation) was used to extract five broad themes of science reporting: space missions, the US government shutdown, cancer research, Nobel Prizes and climate change. Using content and network analysis, Twitter was found to extend public science communication by providing additional voices and contextualizations of science issues. It serves a recommender role by linking to web resources, by connecting users, and by directing users’ attention. The paper suggests that microblogging adds a new and relevant layer to the public communication of science.

Abstract

Mass media have long provided general publics with science news. New media like Twitter have entered this system and provide an additional platform for the dissemination of science information. Based on automated collection and analysis of more than 900 news articles and 70,000 tweets, this study explores the online communication of current science news. Topic modeling (latent Dirichlet allocation) was used to extract five broad themes of science reporting: space missions, the US government shutdown, cancer research, Nobel Prizes and climate change. Using content and network analysis, Twitter was found to extend public science communication by providing additional voices and contextualizations of science issues. It serves a recommender role by linking to web resources, by connecting users, and by directing users’ attention. The paper suggests that microblogging adds a new and relevant layer to the public communication of science.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:08 Aug 2016 10:04
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 20:02
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0963-6625
Free access at:Related URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0963662516657794
Related URLs:http://www.mediachange.ch/media/pdf/publications/B%C3%BCchi_2016_ScienceNews_PUS-postprint_.pdf
http://pus.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/04/0963662516657794.abstract (Publisher)

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