Italian Social Marketing Network Newsletter 163

 


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To tell science. Risks, opportunities and new tools of communication. Summary. The New York Times recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its historic “Science section” with a special issue. An opportunity to reflect on the state of the art of scientific journalism. After having seen the inserts dedicated to science flourish in the ’70s and ’80s, in recent times the major Italian weekly and several newspapers have decided – with rare exceptions – to eliminate them. Most health inserts remain. How can we explain the reason for this trend? Science continues to permeate our culture, from cinema, to books, to advertising, to television. And there are numerous masters and university courses in Italy that prepare young graduates for science communication. Yet, paradoxically, in the newsrooms the presence of scientific journalists has been gradually reduced to nothing, and quite often those who write about science are “generalist” journalists. Fault of the crisis that publishers live and of the entry into the mass information circuit of internet? Certainly the interaction between the protagonists of scientific information (public, journalists, researchers) has become more and more complex and problematic.