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Release of Information to the Public and Journal/Author Relations With the News Media 

Ethical and Legal Considerations

Annette Flanagin

Most people understand science and technology less through direct experience than through the filter of journalism…. Journalists are, in effect, brokers, framing social reality and shaping the public consciousness about science.    Dorothy Nelkin Public interest in matters of health and in news about medicine and health is substantial. A telephone survey of 1250 US adults concluded that the majority of citizens consider news coverage of science to be as important as coverage of crime, the economy, politics, sports, and entertainment. Many factors affect science journalism and the communication of scientific information to the public, including poor science literacy among the public;

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