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Title: UK science press officers, professional vision and the generation of expectations
Authors: Samuel, G
Williams, C
Gardner, J
Keywords: Hype;Media;Press officers;Professional vision;Sociology of expectations
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Public Understanding of Science, (August 2015)
Abstract: Science press officers can play an integral role in helping promote expectations and hype about biomedical research. Using this as a starting point, this article draws on interviews with 10 UK-based science press officers, which explored how they view their role as science reporters and as generators of expectations. Using Goodwin’s notion of ‘professional vision’, we argue that science press officers have a specific professional vision that shapes how they produce biomedical press releases, engage in promotion of biomedical research and make sense of hype. We discuss how these insights can contribute to the sociology of expectations, as well as inform responsible science communication.
ISSN: 1361-6609
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