Um raio X dos jornalistas de ciência: há uma nova “onda” no jornalismo científico no Brasil?

Massarani, Luisa; Bauer, Martin W.; Amorim, Luís
July 2013
Comunicação & Sociedade;jul-dez2013, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p111
Academic Journal
The starting point of this paper is the assumption that science journalists are stakeholders in the process of consolidating a science culture in Brazil. This is particularly pertinent in the context of a developing country, in which the mass media is one of the main sources of science and technology information. In Brazil, an important movement of the science journalism was observed in the 1970s, when the Brazilian Association of Science Journalism was created, and increased in the eighties. We will present the results of an exploratory study using an online survey on who are the media professionals who cover Science and Technology issues in Brazil, which are their working conditions and their practices. This Brazilian study included 71 respondents and is part of a global survey of Science Journalism. According to our results, the modal Science journalist working in Brazil is a woman with less than 40 years old, writing mostly for printed outlets and the Internet, and working in the field for less than 10 years. An important number of respondents have been working in full-time positions and are satisfied with their profession. In contrast to the working hypothesis that stimulated this survey – Science Journalism is in crisis – our study shows that, at least among those who answered our survey, there is a feeling of optimism toward this profession in Brazil. These results confirm other observations on Science communication in Brazil. This leads us to the question: Is there a new 'wave' of Science Journalism in Brazil?


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