Science journalists in Switzerland: Results from a survey on professional goals, working conditions, and current changes

Silje Kristiansen, Mike S. Schäfer, Sabine Lorencez


Science communication and science journalism are important in today’s knowledge-based societies. However, little is known about science journalists, especially those in Switzerland. Therefore, this study investigates the professional situation and self-conception of Swiss science journalists. The results from a survey of 78 Swiss science journalists show that they resemble their international colleagues in regard to sociodemographic characteristics and professional self-conceptions. In comparison to their colleagues from other countries, Swiss science journalists work under privileged circumstances and, accordingly, are comparatively satisfied with their professional situation. Nevertheless, they also perceive changes indicative of an upcoming crisis of journalism.


Journalism; Science journalists; Journalistic self-conception; Survey; Switzerland


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Studies in Communication Sciences | ISSN: 1424-4896