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The Manifold Relationships between Science and News Media

A Comparative Analysis of Research Fields from the Natural Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Humanities


The project studies the interface between academia and the media in 16 selected areas of research. For the study, we interview scientists and journalists and analyse media coverage in these areas. In addition, we study the science PR in the selected research fields.

Previous studies on the relationship between science and the media have only inadequately addressed the potential diversity of relationship forms. In this project, this diversity is therefore at the centre of the analysis. The research approach is based on Peter Weingart's thesis of the "medialization of science". It sets out to identify the intensity and forms of media orientation as a function of characteristics of research, disciplinary professional cultures, and normative expectations of society.

The project is implemented in cooperation with the University of Münster's Department of Communication, the University of Mannheim, Department of Media and Communications Studies, and the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine (INM) of the Research Centre Jülich.

It is supported by a grant of the Volkswagen Foundation as part of its Science, the Public, and Society initiative.



Prof. Dr. Alexander Görke

Research Associates:

Nora Kusche, Dipl.

Julia Meusel, M.A.