News Source Perceptions of Accuracy of Science Coverage

  title={News Source Perceptions of Accuracy of Science Coverage},
  author={James W. Tankard and Michael Ryan},
  journal={Journalism \& Mass Communication Quarterly},
  pages={219 - 225}
  • J. Tankard, M. Ryan
  • Published 1 June 1974
  • Education
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
Study using 42 error categories finds higher error rate for science news than earlier studies did for regular coverage. 

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