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Orchestrating a science 'event': the case of the Human Genome Project

Henderson, Lesley and Kitzinger, Jenny ORCID: 2007. Orchestrating a science 'event': the case of the Human Genome Project. New Genetics and Society 26 (1) , pp. 65-83. 10.1080/14636770701218175

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June 2000 saw the triumphal announcement of the completion of the human genome ‘working draft’. This attracted extensive, peak and vivid coverage. While several studies have explored media coverage of the announcement, there has been little discussion of the production process: the overall aims, values and structures which underpinned this staged event. This article redresses this gap and draws on ten interviews with UK journalists and their sources to show how reporting was influenced by a number of factors, including news values, organisational identity, the history of reporting and editorial interest. This paper thus gives valuable insights into how science stories are ‘made’ and presented in terms of the dynamics of coverage. It reveals the ways in which political and economic factors may drive a science story and provides crucial insights into the key relationships which influence and shape media reporting of scientific research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1463-6778
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 12:03

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