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They often attempt to ‘persuade’ that is, they present news ‘in a way that intends to guide the ideological stance of the reader’ (Reah 2002: 50). Again, this applies to science-related issues as much as others. 3). This may seem less of an issue in relation to television and radio news which, in the UK, are under a statutory duty to provide ‘balanced’ reporting. However, as will be discussed in Chapter 3, it should be remembered that all media messages have embedded values. BL2430-03-Chap 2:BL2430-03-Chap 2 12/3/07 18:27 Page 29 WHAT IS NEWS?

That science reporting is so characterised is not, to parallel an argument developed by Gregory and Miller (1998: 117), evidence of self-indulgence, shoddiness or even mischief making on the part of journalists. It stems, as they state, from ‘the rhetorical conventions of popularisation – conventions that apply to all journalism whether about science or not’. It is predicated, as Peters (1999: 266) indicates, on reporters ‘crucial professional duty’ to attract the attention of an audience. These characteristics do, however, establish science writing in a news context as intrinsically different from science writing in, say, an academic context.

It stems, as they state, from ‘the rhetorical conventions of popularisation – conventions that apply to all journalism whether about science or not’. It is predicated, as Peters (1999: 266) indicates, on reporters ‘crucial professional duty’ to attract the attention of an audience. These characteristics do, however, establish science writing in a news context as intrinsically different from science writing in, say, an academic context. The former is not, for example, some diluted – or, for that matter, adulterated – form of the latter.

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