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PUS Seminar 23rd June 2010

Social Psychology Institute & BIOS, (LSE)

Science and Technology Studies, (UCL)

Jane Gregory (UCL)              Martin W Bauer (LSE)

Speaker: ÇİLER DURSUN, Associate Professor, Ankara University Faculty of Communication/ Turkiye

Title: BASIC TENDENCIES and STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS of SCIENCE NEWS in TURKISH NEWSPAPERS: A LONG TERM ANALYSIS BETWEEN 1993-2008

Abstract: Science communication is a relatively new area in which multiple actors such as governments, scientists, media and public may interact for enhancing the scientific understanding and activities in society.  Although concerns about public awareness and understanding of science and its role and contribution to society has a long history in Western societies, importance of science communication has newly recognized in Turkey since 1990s. Because of the practical and theorical difference from the science communication agenda of scientifically  developed and democratic Western societies, how science content was represented in newspapers couldn't have been one of the major concerns of social sciences in Turkish academia. The first and most comprehensive study about science on media is inagurated throught a long term content analysis of science news on popular newspapers in Turkey through a national project. The Project which has a title as "Representation and Visibility of Science News in Turkish Newspapers: 1993-2008" is supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) for 18 months.  This content analysis research is conducted on three most selling newspapers, Hurriyet (Freedom, popular), Cumhuriyet (Republic, leftist) and Zaman (Time, rightist). The early results of this long term research will be shared and structural problems of science news will be discussed in a comparative way between newspapers and periods by this presentation. 

Sponsored by NESTA

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