The paper examines the relationship between journalists, science communicators and scientists in NSW and the ACT, and argues that while the quality of science journalism is high, science communicators play a critical role in mediating between the other groups.
Completed as a major assessment task for their SCOM6016 Science and the Media masters class, this exploratory study replicates a New Zealand based project. Despite the proximity of the countries, the science journalism landscapes are very different.
A new group of students are expanding this study in 2017 and taking it national, with a view to publishing the results of the national survey to provide a more complete picture of how the stakeholders in Australian science journalism interact.
This is the second paper to be published from a collaboration between Dr McKinnon and her SCOM6016 students, after a paper was published in the Journal of Science Communication last November.