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Record number 539231
Title HESS Opinions: Science in today's media landscape - Challenges and lessons from hydrologists and journalists
Author(s) Lutz, Stefanie R.; Popp, Andrea; Emmerik, Tim Van; Gleeson, Tom; Kalaugher, Liz; Möbius, Karsten; Mudde, Tonie; Walton, Brett; Hut, Rolf; Savenije, Hubert; Slater, Louise J.; Solcerova, Anna; Stoof, Cathelijne R.; Zink, Matthias
Source Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 22 (2018)7. - ISSN 1027-5606 - p. 3589 - 3599.
DOI https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-3589-2018
Department(s) Soil Geography and Landscape
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Abstract

Media such as television, newspapers and social media play a key role in the communication between scientists and the general public. Communicating your science via the media can be positive and rewarding by providing the inherent joy of sharing your knowledge with a broader audience, promoting science as a fundamental part of culture and society, impacting decision- and policy-makers, and giving you a greater recognition by institutions, colleagues and funders. However, the interaction between scientists and journalists is not always straightforward. For instance, scientists may not always be able to translate their work into a compelling story, and journalists may sometimes misinterpret scientific output. In this paper, we present insights from hydrologists and journalists discussing the advantages and benefits as well as the potential pitfalls and aftermath of science-media interaction. As we perceive interacting with the media as a rewarding and essential part of our work, we aim to encourage scientists to participate in the diverse and evolving media landscape. With this paper, we call on the scientific community to support scientists who actively contribute to a fruitful science-media relationship..

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