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Mediating Social Science

Mediating Social Science

192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Social scientists have made a huge contribution to understanding the media. But what is the interface between social scientists and the media? How does social science come over in news and current affairs in both the print and broadcast media? Mediating Social Science provides an accessible and authoritative guide to understanding the interaction between social science and the media. The authors examine media production, the nature of media texts, the role of new sources, the general social and political context of mass communication, and the ways in which media outputs are assimilated by audiences. They explore a number of applied areas: the interaction between journalists and social scientists; publicity-seeking activities of universities, research institutes, and government departments; the attempts of individual social scientists to gain notice; the social policy environment surrounding social scientific research and its dissemination; pressures from funders; and the public understanding of social science in the news. Mediating Social Science will be required reading for students of sociology, cultural studies, communication, and media studies.
Media Sociology and the Sociology of Mediated Studies
Images of Social Science
The Communication Environment of the Social Sciences
Social Scientist as Source
Constructing Social Science in the Newsroom
Understanding Social Science News
Bringing it all Together
The Natural History of a News Item


Natalie Fenton

Natalie Fenton is a Professor of Media and Communications and Co-Head of the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. She has published widely on issues relating to civil society, radical politics, digital media, news and journalism and is particularly interested in issues of political transformation, radical media reform and re-imagining democracy. She was Vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the campaign group Hacked Off for 7 years and is currently Chair of the UK Media Reform... More About Author

Alan Bryman

Alan Bryman is Professor of Organizational and Social Research, School of Management, University of Leicester, UK. More About Author

David Deacon