Looking for citizen-centered communication: dialogues between radiological protection or nuclear safety specialists and media professionals

Claire Mays, Yaroslav Valuch, Tanja Perko, Irena Daris, Chiara Condi, Agnieszka Miśkiewicz, Grażyna Zakrzewska, Marin Constantin, Daniela Diaconu, Metka Kralj, Nadja Železnik

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What happens when radiological protection or nuclear safety officials get together with media professionals to talk about public communication on ionizing radiation risks? Do they have common views of the challenges and ways to meet these? This practical article reports on dialogue workshops organized by the EAGLE project in four European countries (France, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia). Common findings are classed and presented by themes, including inter alia: crisis versus everyday communication; mediated versus direct communication; sources, actors, roles and responsibilities; language and format; trust and confidence, balance in reporting and development of risk culture; nuclear industry promotion versus citizen-centered risk communication. The article also presents reflections from an expanded international workshop (RICOMET, June 2015). It echoes the participants in calling for a platform for ongoing dialogue between information sources and transmitters, in the interest of building solid relationships, risk culture and public understanding on ionizing radiation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Radiological Protection
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016
EventRICOMET 2015 - Risk perception, communication and ethics of exposures to ionising radiation - Brdo Castle, Kranj
Duration: 15 Jun 201517 Jun 2015

Publication series

NameJournal of Radiological protection
PublisherIOP - IOP Publishing
ISSN (Print)0952-4746


ConferenceRICOMET 2015 - Risk perception, communication and ethics of exposures to ionising radiation
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