Viral Science? How COVID-19 Brought Science into the Limelight

24 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2020

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François Claveau

Université de Sherbrooke; University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie

Jean-Hugues Roy

UQAM - École des médias; CIRST

Olivier Santerre

Université Laval

Date Written: December 11, 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased both journalists’ use of science in their reporting and the public’s interest in science-related news. This is what stands out of a computational analysis of articles and Facebook posts of French-language media in Canada. The representation of science by the media has also changed during the pandemic: science’s role as a guide to governments has come into the limelight.

Keywords: media studies, science studies, natural language processing, COVID-19, social media, Facebook, content analysis

Suggested Citation

Claveau, François and Roy, Jean-Hugues and Santerre, Olivier, Viral Science? How COVID-19 Brought Science into the Limelight (December 11, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3747158 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3747158

François Claveau (Contact Author)

Université de Sherbrooke ( email )

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Jean-Hugues Roy

UQAM - École des médias ( email )

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CIRST ( email )

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Olivier Santerre

Université Laval ( email )

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Canada

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