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Selected by expertise? Scientific experts in German news coverage on Covid-19 compared to other pandemics

Leidecker-Sandmann, Melanie ORCID iD icon; Attar, Patrizia ORCID iD icon; Lehmkuhl, Markus; SocArXiv [Hrsg.]


At the time of the corona pandemic, the population has a great need for information. (Mass) Media try to provide the concerned citizens with answers to their pressing questions with the help of scientific actors and their expert knowledge. Scientific experts serve as an important source of information for journalists and for society. Therefore, it is of particular relevance to examine, which scientific actors are discussing scientific issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic publicly via media coverage. Of particular interest is a look at the scientific expertise of the so-called experts, because the quality of the available information stands and falls with it. Our study describes the journalistic selection of scientific experts in German news coverage on Covid-19 compared to other pandemics. We analyze, which experts get a chance to speak in media coverage, how diverse the spectrum of selected experts is and how their scientific expertise is to be assessed. Our findings show that the Covid-19 coverage is dominated by actors from the political executive and less than in previous pandemics by scientific experts. Further, the Corona debate is characterised by a greater diversity of expert voices than the previous pandemic debates and therefore less concentrated on a few individual scientists only. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000130286
Veröffentlicht am 10.03.2021
DOI: 10.31235/
Zitationen: 4
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsdatum 06.03.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000130286
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Schlagwörter Covid-19, Corona, experts, scientists, content analysis, media coverage
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