The Question of Newsworthiness: A Cross-Comparison Among Science Journalists’ Selection Criteria in Argentina, France, and Germany

TitleThe Question of Newsworthiness: A Cross-Comparison Among Science Journalists’ Selection Criteria in Argentina, France, and Germany
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsRosen, C, Guenther, L, Froehlich, K
JournalScience Communication
Volume38
Issue3
Pagination328-355
Date PublishedJune 1, 2016
Publication Languageeng
AbstractAlthough science journalists’ selection criteria have been investigated, there have not been systematic attempts yet to study how this varies across countries. Using gatekeeping theory, we analyzed and compared how three groups of journalists in Argentina, France, and Germany selected their news, and explored some motivations behind their decisions. Personal interests as well as a set of common news factors and sources are important for all journalists, while the journalists differ regarding professional role conceptions, the influence of their organizations, and perceived importance of audience perceptions. More research is needed to unravel science news selection criteria across different journalistic cultures.
URLhttp://scx.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/38/3/328
DOI10.1177/1075547016645585

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