Telling science stories in an evolving digital media ecosystem: from communication to conversation and confrontation

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Holliman, Richard;

The globalised digital media ecosystem can be characterised as both dynamic and disruptive. Developments in digital technologies relate closely to emerging social practices. In turn these are influencing, and are influenced by, the political economy of professional medi... View more
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