"This lecture will address recent research into UK journalists and their sources and what it tells us about the quality and independence of the news we read about science. It will touch on commonly-accepted roles of science news and how journalists believe these might be attained in practice, before examining a series of constraints which hinder this. Constraints such as: changes in journalists’ working conditions since the advent of new media; the rise of secretive and manipulative corporate science public relations (PR); the use of persuasive communicational tactics to campaign on controversial scientific issues; and the growth of promotional activities by Universities and academic publishers since the marketization of higher education."
Dr. Andy Williams is a Lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He was previously the RCUK Research Fellow in Risk, Health and Science Communication (2008-10).
He has provided expert opinion and advice to a number of government bodies, media groups, and professional associations including the BBC, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Expert Group on Science and the Media, the National Union of Journalists, and the Welsh Assembly’s Broadcasting Subcommittee. He regularly contributes to the UK national and regional press and broadcast media, including Times Higher Education, Nature News, the New Statesman, national BBC Breakfast News, the Guardian Unlimited, Press Gazette, OpenDemocracy, and BBC Wales television and radio news.