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Editorial: Science Communication in the Digital Age—New Actors, Environments, and Practices

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Abstract:  Digitalization challenges science communication in theoretical as well as methodological ways. It raises questions on how scientists, organizations, and institutions, as well as citizens and actors from other fields communicate about science and how science communication affects politics and the public. This thematic issue presents a collection of articles attempting to tackle digitalization’s challenge for science communication research. In this editorial, we provide a short overview of the included articles. Additionally, we outline some future avenues that research could follow to examine further the implications that digital channels could have for science communication.

Keywords:  climate change; Covid-19; digital media; experts; Facebook; science communication; science literacy; social media; TikTok; Twitter; YouTube



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