chapter  10
Contributing to broadcast news analysis and current affairs documentaries: challenges and pitfalls
ByPaul Wilkinson
Pages 11

In the most obvious sense, most social scientists meet the media every day of their working lives. In order to study any aspect of social behaviour adequately, whether it be the role of the family, trends in organized crime, industrial relations, or the work of international organizations and national governments in attempting to resolve international disputes, scholars need a plentiful supply of information in a clear and readily accessible form from sources which can be readily checked and corroborated. Many social scientists are reluctant to admit that they rely at least to some extent on media sources for this kind of information. Why should this be so?