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The changing views of Antarctica

  • Veronika Meduna (a1)

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Reporting on scientific research from Antarctica faces familiar tensions between journalism and science. Among the particular obstacles are the mainstream media’s focus on novelty and the constant need for new angles and new voices. While science journalism has been gaining recognition, many media organisations continue to view it as secondary to more traditional areas of reporting such as politics, business and sports. At a time when we face several environmental crises, that is arguably no longer representative of reality. Coverage of Antarctic issues, including science, could improve if editorial teams were more cross-disciplinary to extend beyond each individual’s boundaries of expertise.

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Author for correspondence: Veronika Meduna, Email: veronika.meduna@vuw.ac.nz

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Commentary for Special Issue on Polar Education, Outreach and Communication.

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The changing views of Antarctica

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