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Science press officers can play an integral role in helping promote expectations and hype about biomedical research. Using this as a starting point, this article draws on interviews with 10 UK-based science press officers, which explored how they view their role as science reporters and as generators of expectations. Using Goodwin's notion of 'professional vision', we argue that science press officers have a specific professional vision that shapes how they produce biomedical press releases, engage in promotion of biomedical research and make sense of hype. We discuss how these insights can contribute to the sociology of expectations, as well as inform responsible science communication.

Original publication

DOI

10.1177/0963662515597188

Type

Journal article

Journal

Public understanding of science (Bristol, England)

Publication Date

01/2017

Volume

26

Pages

55 - 69

Addresses

Brunel University London, UK.