Media Anthropology represents a convergence of issues and interests on anthropological approaches to the study of media. The purpose of this reader is to promote the identity of the field of study; identify its major concepts, methods, and bibliography; comment on the state of the art; and provide examples of current research. Based on original articles by leading scholars from several countries and academic disciplines, Media Anthropology provides essays introducing the issues, reviewing the field, forging new conceptual syntheses.
Chapter 27: Speaking with the Sources: Science Writers and Anthropologists
Speaking with the Sources: Science Writers and Anthropologists
The relationship between anthropologists and journalists forms part of the larger academic field of science communications: the study of how scientific information passes from primary sources to the public. Many of the concerns voiced by anthropologists about coverage of their work are shared by scientists in other fields.
News or feature stories are written to attract and interest the general reader, who often has little interest in science. Media goals and methods dictate the style in which journalists write, how they handle scientific complexity, and the focus they give to the story. These methods and goals often vary dramatically from the way in which anthropologists and other scientists present their material ...