Making the audience a key participant in the science communication process

Science and Engineering Ethics 6 (4):553-557 (2000)
The public communication of science and technology has become increasingly important over the last several decades. However, understanding the audience that receives this information remains the weak link in the science communication process. This essay provides a brief review of some of the issues involved, discusses results from an audience-based study, and suggests some strategies that both scientists and journalists can use to modify media coverage in ways that can help audiences better understand major public issues that involve science and technology.
Keywords audiences  public interest of science  public understanding of science  science journalism  science communication  science news  mass media
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DOI 10.1007/s11948-000-0015-1
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