1 AU Communication, Universityadministration, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 Department of Science Studies, Faculty of Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus University4 Department of Mathematics - Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University5 Department of Mathematics - Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Aarhus University
A significant number of mass media news stories on climate change quote scientific publications. However, the journalistic process of popularizing scientific research regarding climate change has been profoundly criticized for being manipulative and inaccurate. This preliminary study used content analysis to examine the accuracy of Danish high quality newspapers in quoting scientific publications from 1997 to 2009. Out of 88 articles, 46 contained inaccuracies though the majority was found to be insignificant and random. The study concludes that Danish broadsheet newspapers are ‘moderately inaccurate’ in quoting science publications but are not deliberately hyping scientific claims. However, the study also shows that 11 % contained confusion of source, meaning that statements originating from press material or other news outlets were incorrectly credited to scientific peer-reviewed publications.
Journal of Science Communication, 2011, Vol 10, Issue 2