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May 15, 2018 Article
Optimism in a sea of uncertainties: the journalistic coverage on the research of new medicines in Brazil

by Carlos Henrique Fioravanti and C├ęsar Maschio Fioravanti

This paper deals with the journalistic coverage of biologically active compounds presented as promising drugs in Brazil. The sample consists of 214 journalistic stories on 40 compounds published in two daily newspapers and a monthly science magazine from January 1990 to December 2016. After 27 years, although journalists and scientists had claimed that all compounds would become drugs in a few years, only two completed the evaluation tests and were approved for commercialisation. The paper provides a series of strategies to build a more analytical view on drug research and development.

Volume 17 • Issue 02 • 2018

Dec 14, 2010 Article
Let's follow the actors! Does Actor-Network Theory have anything to contribute to science journalism?

by Carlos Henrique Fioravanti and Lea Velho

Science journalism usually focuses on achievements presented in scientific papers previously published in specialized journals. In this paper we argue that the Actor-Network Theory (ANT) can help to widen this approach and reduce the dependency on scientific papers, by valuing not only scientists, but also other actors, theirs motivations, interests and conflicts. ANT could also help to reduce the distance between scientists and the audience by exposing uncertainties about the production of science.

Volume 9 • Issue 04 • 2010