Newspapers play a very crucial role of delivering science information in the modern society which influences the public's knowledge and attitudes about a wide variety of scientific issues. According to the survey conducted by Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend in 2006, Science Page ranked 13th among 32 pages in popularity. It is more popular than Economy Page or Movie Page, etc. That is success in current science news reporting in newspapers, but there is still much we can do to improve its popularity and reach a broader readership. Because of my interest and concern, I have made it my mission for this research project to study: a) what and how science information have been reported to the general public by the newspaper Southern Weekend; b) what are the readers' interest and attitudes towards Southern Weekend's science news reporting? I hope the results of my research could shed light on the current science reporting in Chinese newspapers and give us some valuable suggestions to improve the quality of science journalism in China.

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Science news reporting in Chinese newspapers
A case study of Southern Weekend

Jing Ouyang   IPG(Beijing) Fiber Laser Technology Co.,Ltd

Newspapers play a very crucial role of delivering science information in the modern society which influences the public's knowledge and attitudes about a wide variety of scientific issues. According to the survey conducted by Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend in 2006, Science Page ranked 13th among 32 pages in popularity. It is more popular than Economy Page or Movie Page, etc. That is success in current science news reporting in newspapers, but there is still much we can do to improve its popularity and reach a broader readership. Because of my interest and concern, I have made it my mission for this research project to study: a) what and how science information have been reported to the general public by the newspaper Southern Weekend; b) what are the readers' interest and attitudes towards Southern Weekend's science news reporting? I hope the results of my research could shed light on the current science reporting in Chinese newspapers and give us some valuable suggestions to improve the quality of science journalism in China.

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