With regard to evolution, creatures who refuse to learn deserve extinction. What about our own profession? Do we maybe ‘refuse to learn’ from digitisation that it is not just work practices and business models which are being transformed? Does the post-truth era question the very function of ‘journalists’ as dedicated intermediaries? What is it that enables or prevents us from adapting to the changing media environments?
This keynote at the European Science Journalism Conference 2017 introduced a new model of “Disintermediation in Science Communication”. The concept which was originally coined in economics, describes the structural loss of journalists as intermediaries in the knowledge-creation and -transfer processes. The research is based on the world’s first full-text content analysis of every science press release published digitally in German academia.