Science Journalism in India: A journey from One day wonders to Face book generation


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Science Journalism in India: A journey from One day wonders to Face book generation

  1. 1. Science Journalism in India: A journey from One day wonders to Face book generation Dr. NATARAJU.S.M. Division of Virology National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases Kolkata Email:
  2. 2. The H1N1 Pandemic Water on the Moon TOP 5 SCIENCE STORIES OF 2009 Nobel for V Ramakrishnan Cloned buffalo calf 'Garima,' 
  3. 3. The earliest origin point of science communication can be marked, when early man had made primitive stone tools and disseminated them. The early man might have communicated with each other through body language. Subsequently, oral language, phonetic and written language evolved.
  4. 4. Agricultural communication started through public relations, when man started exchanging information about various agricultural practices, like sowing, irrigation and harvesting, etc. Folk arts, folk songs and folk dances are immensely effective as the means of mass communication.
  5. 5. <ul><li>Science journalism is a branch of journalism that uses the art of reporting to convey information about science topics to a public forum. </li></ul><ul><li>A science journalist (or science writer) is a journalist who specializes in writing about science topics, and thus practices science journalism, or popular science. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The most important forms of media are print, radio, television and internet. <ul><li>Print Media </li></ul><ul><li>Audio/Visual Media </li></ul><ul><li>Folk Media </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Media </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Media </li></ul>
  7. 7. Print Media <ul><li>Dailies :7131 </li></ul><ul><li>Tri/Bi weeklies :74 </li></ul><ul><li>Weeklies :22116 </li></ul><ul><li>Fortnightlies :8547 </li></ul><ul><li>Monthlies :19456 </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterlies :4470 </li></ul><ul><li>Annuals :605 </li></ul><ul><li>Other :2333 </li></ul>
  8. 8. ELECTRONIC NEWS MEDIA <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>Most newspapers/magazines have a science and technology section. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The important sources of science reporting
  10. 10. Short term courses Medium term courses Long term courses Science journalism training 'Local story, global impact'
  11. 11. Television 417 Private channels 33 DD channels The science behind your favorite shows
  12. 12. Radio <ul><li>AIR has largest broadcast networks </li></ul><ul><li>231 stations </li></ul><ul><li>273 transmitters </li></ul>
  13. 13. FM Radio 248 Private FM radio stations 171 FM transmitters
  14. 14. Community Radio Original entertainment by locals and students are the hall mark of this radio. Health and hygiene, Agricultural messages Fisher folk issues Road safety Water conservation Rain water harvesting
  15. 15. Satellite Radio Mobile services allow listeners to roam a continent, listening to the same audio programming anywhere.
  16. 16. Internet The ability to combine text, voice and pictures gives added strength to Internet as a medium. But Internet could not yet transmit long videos efficiently.
  17. 17. Top Most Popular Science Websites
  18. 18. Social networking
  19. 19. Etc.,,,
  20. 20. Conclusion Science reporting/journalism has been going through several major technological changes during the past few decades. Now the news gathering to dissemination, are getting better with advanced technologies. Over the last several decades, innovations from space technologies have increasingly become a part of our daily lives.
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