How do younger and older journalists gather news on social media?

Researchers Petter Bae Brandtzaeg & María Ángeles Chaparro Domínguez researched how younger and older journalists gather news on social media. The study was conducted in Norway, a country particularly suited to this research because of its high level of social media penetration. The context of this empirical work could, therefore, provide researchers with insights into the direction in which social media use in journalism is evolving.


Recent studies have examined how professional journalists use social media at work. However, we know little about the differences between younger and older journalists’ use of social media for newsgathering. The researchers conducted 16 in-depth interviews comparing eight young journalists (median age = 24) with eight older journalists (median age = 50) in Norway.

The younger journalists reported using multiple social media platforms, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, to collect politically significant information, news observations, sources and comments. By comparison, the older journalists reported relying heavily on elite sources on Twitter. This reluctance to use a variety of social media platforms may limit older journalists’ exposure to a variety of news sources.

As a result, younger journalists seem to follow a more multi-perspectival approach to social media and may be more innovative in their newsgathering. Hence, younger journalists may be exposed to more diverse types of news sources than older journalists. Together, the findings indicate a generational gap in ‘networked publics’ concerning how younger and older journalists approach newsgathering in social media.

Download the research here

Primers, Program & Biographies for #KS4Austin available!

The science journalism landscape is continually shifting as information on science becomes more accessible. In a world where information moves quickly, open source data has given rise to data journalism and an era where journalists need to vet the authenticity of data often before scientific experts can provide their consensus or seal of approval.READ MORE

#WCSJ2017 – Discover the video page with videos of the key conference sessions

Want to relive some or all of the key sessions at the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco? Or were you unfortunately not one of the 1,360 participants but interested in science topics, such as Reporting on Genome Editing, Africa & Mathematical Sciences, Women in STEM leadership, etc? Check out the session videos page on the WCSJ2017 website hereREAD MORE

GUIDELINES – WHO publishes evidence-based guideline on “Communicating risk during public health emergencies”

The recommendations in the World Health Organization (WHO) guideline provides overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk communication should be practiced in an emergency. The recommendations also guide countries to build capacity for communicating risk during health emergencies. It is also a contribution to national risk communication capacity building under the International Health Regulations and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework.

Go to the guidelines here. 

Welcome and congrats! to our 59th Member Association, the Croatian Association of Science Writers (CASW)

The goal of the CASW is to « help science journalists do their work well, and stand up for them where appropriate, especially given recent pressure and attacks on science journalists here from public officials. To help new science journalists get into the profession and learn new skills. To network with colleagues abroad, and engage in two-way learning and exchanges. »

The CASW is part of the Croatian Journalists Association, which in turn, is a member of International Federation of Journalists.

Discover all our Member Associations here.

Scholarships. Attend the Kavli Prize in Oslo (1-6 September 2018). New deadline: Monday 22 January

We are pleased to announce five (5) new scholarships for science journalists to attend the Kavli Prize week in Oslo, Norway (1-6 September 2018).

To select the winners of the scholarships the WFSJ will arrange a competition that will be open to science journalists from all over the world. The application deadline is Monday 22 January 2018. The jury, a sub-committee of the WFSJ-Board, will select the winners based on submitted work.

The President of the World Federation of Science Journalists will announce the winners of the scholarships at a press conference at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas (15-19 February 2018).

For more information go to the Kavli Prize page on our website here.