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date: 24 April 2019

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Science is communicated in a rapidly evolving media environment, characterized by Part Five’s three themes: politicization of science issues; fusion of science, narrative, and entertainment; and the rise of satirical news programs and late night comedies. Media reports about science in general are more fragmented, politicized, and, because of the capacity to access reports from scientific organizations directly, in some instances, more sophisticated than ever before. This synthesis describes those trends and invites scientists and journalists to embrace models better suited to an evolving media environment, such as formal communication training for scientists and knowledge-based journalism for the media.

Keywords: science media, science journalism, data journalism, polarization, science entertainment, public engagement

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