The matter of complex anti-matter. The portrayal and framing of physics in Dutch newspapers
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SourceJCOM. Journal of Science Communication, 20, 7, (2021), pp. 1-19
02 november 2021
Article / Letter to the editor
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Correlated Electron Systems
JCOM. Journal of Science Communication
SubjectLanguage & Communication; Persuasive Communication; Correlated Electron Systems
Physics is often perceived as difficult, but there has been little research on how physics is reported in the media. In this two-stage content analysis, we examine the portrayal of physics in five major Dutch newspapers. Results show that astronomy and astrophysics is the most prominent field. Furthermore, newspaper articles are triggered almost equally by scientific and non-scientific events. Finally, the majority of described physics concepts are framed as difficult, but journalists do provide explanations for them.
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