The stars in our eyes: representations of the square kilometre array telescope in the South African media

OUTPUT TYPE: Monograph (Book)
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2017
TITLE AUTHOR(S): M.Gastrow
KEYWORDS: MEDIA SECTOR, SQUARE KILOMETRE ARRAY (SKA)
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Web link: https://www.hsrcpress.ac.za/books/the-stars-in-our-eyes
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10146

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Abstract

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is set to become the largest telescope on Earth, and also the largest science project in Africa. From September 2011 to August 2012, the SKA featured regularly in the South African media. In The Stars in Our Eyes, author Michael Gastrow dissects the representation of the SKA in the South African media in the period under discussion. Who were the main actors in this unfolding narrative? Who held the stage and who were marginalised? Where did gatekeeping occur and why? What was the relationship between journalists and scientists? How did the story unfold in the social media as opposed to the print media? Drawing on mass communication theory and science communication theory, The Stars in Our Eyes: Representations of the Square kilometre Array Telescope in the South African Media addresses critical gaps in the literature on science communication, particularly with respect to science communication in an African context.