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The science-journalism interface in German discourse on global climate change

Hans Peter Peters   Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Harald Heinrichs   Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Based on a mail survey of journalists and experts we analyzed the sciencejournalism interface in the German discourse on global climate change. The purpose was to better understand how scientific knowledge is integrated into public discourses and to explore what happens to the meaning of scientific knowledge when it enters the realm of the media. We found a strong coorientation of experts and journalists. Furthermore, we identified some characteristics of “meaning production” in the journalistic processing of expertise. The survey is part of our project “Climate Change in the Public Sphere” and was funded within the German Climate Research Program.

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