an science be presented in an entertaining way, especially on TV? Science coverage often is regarded as
complicated and difficult to understand. But there are new ways in presenting science.
Every type of program - including journalistic or documentary formats - must take into account the
entertainment-oriented reception on the part of viewers. This results in three basic available methods of eliciting the entertainment factor 'fascination':
• Fascination through images
• Fascination through personality
• Fascination through story.
In principle, science stories have a narrative structure: This kind of narrative structure can be utilized
dramaturgically. But how can awkward and complex subjects be presented in an entertaining way? A number of
ingenious formats may be of service, some of which have been recently developed or rediscovered. Some of the new, entertainment-oriented documentary formats are:
• Docudrama
• Docusoap
• Docufiction
• Historical documentary
• Experimental documentary with
o Change of place
o Change of time
o Role change
o Competition
o Supervision
• Pseudo-documentary
The new docuformats mostly have been developed for subjects other than science, but can generally be applied to research themes - and have in some cases been tested for use on science subjects. Typically examples for these new formats in science coverage will be presented.

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Entertaining science on TV

Winfried Göpfert  

an science be presented in an entertaining way, especially on TV? Science coverage often is regarded as
complicated and difficult to understand. But there are new ways in presenting science.
Every type of program - including journalistic or documentary formats - must take into account the
entertainment-oriented reception on the part of viewers. This results in three basic available methods of eliciting the entertainment factor 'fascination':
• Fascination through images
• Fascination through personality
• Fascination through story.
In principle, science stories have a narrative structure: This kind of narrative structure can be utilized
dramaturgically. But how can awkward and complex subjects be presented in an entertaining way? A number of
ingenious formats may be of service, some of which have been recently developed or rediscovered. Some of the new, entertainment-oriented documentary formats are:
• Docudrama
• Docusoap
• Docufiction
• Historical documentary
• Experimental documentary with
o Change of place
o Change of time
o Role change
o Competition
o Supervision
• Pseudo-documentary
The new docuformats mostly have been developed for subjects other than science, but can generally be applied to research themes - and have in some cases been tested for use on science subjects. Typically examples for these new formats in science coverage will be presented.

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