Nanotechnology and News Production: scientists’, journalists’ and editors’ views

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'Nanotechnology and News Production: Scientists’, Journalists’ and Editors’ Views ' is an ESRC funded project investigating the production and coverage of news on nanotechnology as it applies to medicine. The project examines how scientists, journalists, and editors, respectively, see their roles in the production of news on nanotechnology and the key factors affecting press coverage. In exploring these issues it aims to reveal the nature of the relationship between science and news media and how this may shape coverage of science issues, and thereby advance understanding of public responses to nanotechnologies.

Nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter at the level of atoms and molecules, is predicted to become one of the most fiercely debated scientific topics in the years ahead. Although nanotechnology is seen to have many applications, in structural engineering, information storage, and consumer products, this study’s particular focus is on the medical applications of nanotechnology since potential health-related dangers have sparked particular attention in recent UK news coverage.

The project began in April 2004 and finishes in September 2005. The research team comprises Dr Alison Anderson and Professor Alan Petersen of the School of Sociology, Politics and Law, University of Plymouth and Dr Stuart Allan of the School of Cultural Studies, University of the West of England. Dr Clare Wilkinson is the Research Fellow.

For details of how to contribute views to this project, complete a questionnaire or take part in an interview please contact Dr Clare Wilkinson (Clare.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk)