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Commentary | Open Access

German Media and Coronavirus: Exceptional Communication—Or Just a Catalyst for Existing Tendencies?

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Abstract:  The Covid-19 pandemic has immediate effects on science journalism and science communication in general, which in a few cases are atypical and likely to disappear again after the crisis. However, from a German perspective, there is some evidence that the crisis—and its accompanying ‘infodemic’—has, above all, accelerated and made more visible existing developments and deficits as well as an increased need for funding of science journalism.

Keywords:  coronavirus; fake news; journalism funding; science communication; science journalism



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