Sergi Cortiñas

Sergi Cortiñas
University Pompeu Fabra | UPF · Department of Communication

PhD
Head of GRECC - Research Group on Science Communication and Sports Studies. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Barcelona

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Introduction
Sergi Cortiñas-Rovira is a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), in Barcelona. Currently he is the head of the Research Group on Science Communication (GRECC) at UPF, and his research interests are Science Communication, Sports Studies, Sport & Communication, Science Journalism and Pseudocience & Society. He is also the academic director of Master on Sports Journalism at UPF-BSM (Barcelona School of Management)
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September 1999 - present
University Pompeu Fabra
Position
  • Head of Research Group

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Publications (58)
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During March and April 2020, the number of hospital admissions and deaths due to the first wave of COVID-19 peaked. The objective of this study was to analyse the experiences of a team of health professionals in charge of breaking bad news over the telephone to the relatives of patients admitted to the respiratory ward of a large hospital in Barcel...
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El periodismo deportivo se ha caracterizado por la uniformidad y la baja diversidad temática, que se traduce en la excesiva focalización en determinados deportes, competiciones y protagonistas con alta capacidad de atracción económica. La crisis del Covid-19 ha ofrecido al periodismo deportivo la oportunidad de reexaminar sus estrategias y articula...
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Since Cuba’s revolution in 1959, the country has found itself among the Olympic medal world leaders in terms of medals won against population size. Given the growing importance of the relationship between politics, major sporting events, and the media, this research uses predominantly qualitative methodology to analyze Cuban newspaper Granma’s cove...
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En la última década se ha incrementado los estudios en el ámbito de la comunicación pública de la ciencia y el periodismo científico con el objetivo último de comprender y afrontar mejor los profundos cambios que se están produciendo en los medios de difusión y en la propia comunidad investigadora y las instituciones (Elías, 2008, 2019; Moreno-Cast...
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Covid-19 has been the main focus of attention since it began spreading in December 2019. Scientific, political, and media actors have been overwhelmed by a wave of facts and data that has grown exponentially. Reporting on health crises is a challenge for scientific communicators and journalists, and spreading validated information from hospitals an...
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Given the expansion of pseudoscience, there is a need to understand its mechanisms of diffusion. Our aim was to evaluate how pseudoscience operates among pharmacists. We performed 29 semi-structured interviews to assess the stance of pharmacists regarding pseudoscience. Interview data were analyzed qualitatively to seek common themes. Our results i...
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Introducción: Las pseudociencias utilizan herramientas discursivas falaces para inmiscuirse en la sociedad. Estudios recientes investigan a diferentes colectivos profesionales para identificar, caracterizar y subvertir estos discursos. Objetivo: Analizar la percepción de las pseudociencias en el colectivo médico español. Método: Se usó una metodolo...
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Nanoscience and nanotechnology are two key areas in the development of new technologies. However, scientific advances in these fields are still far removed from the contents taught in schools. But what if basic concepts within these areas were introduced in secondary schools? We believe science is an essential facet of culture and the most recent s...
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As a result of previous research, the Creative Decoding Tool (CDT) is developed. An online survey that measures the core competencies in the creative processes of designers, and it is useful as a tool to encourage personal reflection. Also, the CDT provides a valuable database of students and design professionals from around the world. This paper a...
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Graphene is the first two-dimensional material discovered by humans. It was isolated for the first time in 2004 and is being established as a revolutionary material for the 21st century. This study presents an analysis of the quantitative and qualitative contents from all news about graphene published online in The New York Times (United States), T...
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Graphene, its first isolation and its nanoscale properties, has changed the paradigm established by the laws of physics and opened the door to new, previously unheard of industrial applications. Graphene has also been a turning point in nanoscience and nanotechnology, which has led to the creation of many technology centers dedicated to this field....
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La pseudociència s’entén com “falsa ciència” o “allò que pretén ser concebut com a científic sense ser-ho”. Com a peça de cohesió imprescindible en una societat democràtica, els mitjans de comunicació tenen la responsabilitat de vetllar per a la imperiosa necessitat d’educar i informar a la població amb rigor i adhesió als coneixements verídics sob...
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Science journalists are mainly responsible for publicly communicating science, which, in turn, is a major indicator of the social development of democratic societies. The transmission of quality scientific information that is rigorously researched and understandable is therefore crucial, and demand for this kind of information from both governments...
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El presente artículo examina la presencia de libros que traten manifestaciones pseudocientíficas como tema principal en los catálogos de las bibliotecas públicas españolas, así como la posición que estas obras toman respecto a la pseudociencia. Se ha creado una base de datos para analizar las cifras tanto relativas como absolutas de textos en todos...
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During the last decades, there has been an increasing interest in the analysis of a potentially dangerous phenomenon for the public health: pseudoscience. It can be defined as the set of false knowledge that attempts to resemble science even though it is not. Nowadays there are many who opt for these therapies not scientifically endorsed to solve t...
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During the last decades, there has been an increasing interest in the analysis of a potentially dangerous phenomenon for the public health: pseudoscience. It can be defined as the set of false knowledge that attempts to resemble science even though it is not. Nowadays there are many who opt for these therapies not scientifically endorsed to solve t...
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Introduction The pandemic of physical inactivity causes millions of early deaths globally. However, inactivity can be reversed if more and better information is made available. While the number of news stories on health and health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) has increased globally and also in Spain, various studies show that the quality of t...
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We examine how Catalan election campaigns have evolved to postmodernization, a concept coined by Pippa Norris to refer to the current political scenario and how this is reflected in different electoral phases. We analyzed four electoral campaigns covering a decade (2003-2012) through 27 face-to-face in-depth interviews conducted with campaign manag...
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Social network popularity has been greatly increased over the last years. Due to the high amounts of users, companies have shown interest in utilizing these networks as a means
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Hybrid Broadcast and Broadband TV (HbbTV) is a new device that combines common visual and audio media consumption like we know it with the possibilities of the Internet. As a consequence, HbbTV facilitates not only new forms of consumption, but provides us with new possibilities in education. Schools and other educational institutions like universi...
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Using interviews and questionnaires, we explored the perceptions and attitudes of 49 Spanish science journalists regarding pseudoscience. Pseudoscience, understood as false knowledge that endeavours to pass as science, is a controversial and complex matter that potentially poses a risk to society. Given that concern over this issue has grown in rec...
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Resumen: El presente artículo tiene la voluntad de señalar la urgente necesidad de realizar un esfuerzo teórico que permita afrontar los peligros derivados de la pseudociencia, peligros que aumentan si atendemos a su incorporación como contenido mediático. Desde una óptica transversal, al reflexionar desde varios ámbitos de estudio como son las teo...
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Spanish press handling of the swine flu crisis of 2009 was explored by studying front pages and editorials for the El Pais, El Mundo, La Vanguardia, El Periódico and Avui newspapers over a period of 8 weeks. Major ethical issues arising during media coverage were identified, notably the use of scaremongering and sensationalist stratagems. The analy...
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The present article aims to point out the urgent need of making an effort in order to face the threats of pseudoscience, threats that increase if we pay attention to its incorporation as media contents. From a transversal point of view, including communication theories, science epistemology and journalism ethics, the authors propose a new definitio...
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The progress of science comes paradoxically served with a loss of prominence on traditional media. The decline of science sections in the newspapers is a global phenomenon. In the United States, weekly sections reserved to scientific journalism have decreased from 95 in 1989 to 19 in 2012. In most of the cases, science sections have been replaced b...
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This paper analyses the adoption of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) by Spanish journalists specialising in science. Applying an ethnographic research model, this study was based on a wide sample of professionals, aiming to evaluate the extent by which science journalists have adopted the new media and changed the way they...
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Starting from the theoretical foundations of the role of press offices in the transmission of the content of scientific journals, the article analyses an experiment carried out between November 2011 and November 2012 with El profesional de la informacion. The methodological approach, the sources, the dissemination targets and the selection and edit...
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This work has conducted an analysis of Spanish Communication journals in terms of their level of internationalization and the collaborative models used by their authors, by assessing 1,182 articles published between 2007 and 2011 in the seven top-rated Com-munication journals according to a set of six quality indicators. The ultimate goal has been...
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Resumen En este estudio se ha llevado a cabo un análisis de las revistas científicas de Comunicación espa-ñolas en términos de su grado de internacionalización y de los modelos colaborativos utilizados por sus autores. Para ello se han analizado un total de 1.182 artículos publicados entre 2007 y 2011 por las siete revistas españolas mejor valorada...
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In a democratic society, the media are central to the communication of risks and uncertainties to the public. This article presents 10 proposals for improving media coverage in social risk situations. The article focuses on the production logic of the media and its consequences for society. The proposals and the conclusions of this research are sup...
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Aquesta ponència analitza el paper dels mitjans de comunicació en el moment de la irrupció de la grip A l'abril i maig de 2009. L'autor detecta un extraordinari desconcert en diversos col·lectius professionals, no solament entre els periodistes que van dedicar una gran atenció al tema. Es proposa la necessitat que hi hagi més periodistes especialit...
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En aquest article, s'ha analitzat la relació entre la infografia i la divulgació de la ciència,dos camps de la comunicació interconnectats i complementaris. L'autor defensa latesi que la infografia, a partir dels anys noranta del segle passat, ha contribuït de formadecisiva a millorar el desenvolupament de la divulgació de la ciència. La metodologi...
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La recerca que es presenta en aquest article analitza la percepció del projecte de nou Estatut de Catalunya a la premsa espanyola. L’estudi s’ha fet a partir dels editorials i de les portades publicades en dotze diaris de tot l’Estat entre els dies 1 d’octubre i 15 de desembre de 2005. El projecte de nou Estatut de Catalunya va provocar un debat so...
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Resum estudiants universitaris de primer curs comprenen la ideologia de dos qualitativa i utilitza qüestionaris oberts i entrevistes semiestructurades per recollir les respostes i poden identificar la ideologia i elaborar una resposta personal coherent, fins a lectors que donen interpretacions erràtiques i incoherents. La discussió de les dades sug...
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This article offers a 1953-present day review of the models that have popularised DNA, one of the fundamental molecules of biochemistry. DNA has become an iconic concept over the 20th century, overcoming the boundaries of science and spreading into literature, painting, sculpture or religion. This work analyses the reasons why DNA has penetrated so...
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This article offers a 1953-present day review of the models that have popularised DNA, one of the fundamental molecules of biochemistry. DNA has become an iconic concept over the 20th century, overcoming the boundaries of science and spreading into literature, painting, sculpture or religion. This work analyses the reasons why DNA has penetrated so...
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Aquest article, basat en la tesi doctoral de l'autor, pretén abordar dos objectius principals: en primer lloc, identificar les escoles o tradicions fonamentals de la història de la divulgació científica i caracteritzar-les, i, en segon lloc, estudiar l'obra del periodista Javier Sampedro, des del punt de vista de la periodística. En el treball, es...
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The challenges of the new communicative paradigm, a historical crossroads full of possibilities but also of risks and limits, force to a redesign of learning in communication. This work, carried out from the experiences of two university teachers, proposes the introduction of the hypertext in the university teaching of journalism and analyzes the a...
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Aquest article presenta els resultats de la recerca duta a terme en l'àmbit de la periodísticacientífica en català a les Illes Balears. S'hi exposen les principals conclusionsobtingudes en l'anàlisi dels articles de temàtica científica publicats en català en la premsaillenca des de principis del segle XIX fins a mitjan segle XX. A més, es recullen...
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En la compleja sociedad actual, basada en el conocimiento, el periodismo científico constituye una herramienta fundamental para asegurar la libertad y la democracia, a través de un flujo adecuado de las informaciones de ciencia desde los círculos especializados hasta el gran público. El modelo anglosajón ha resultado el paradigma dominante en la po...
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This article tries to study the relationship between iournalists and politicians in critical situations. The writers have analyzed the information broadcast by the television networks in Spain: Televisión Española, Antena 3 and Tele 5 on March 2004 11th, 12th and 13th, just after the terrorist attack in Madrid. From this study research, it has been...
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El autor distingue cuatro escuelas principales. En primer lugar, destaca la escuela fundacional de la divulgación científica: la italo-renacentista, cuyo máximo exponente es Galileo Galilei con su obra cumbre Diálogo. La segunda escuela considerada es la francesa, que vive sus años gloriosos en el siglo XVIII, con autores como Diderot, Fontenelle y...
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En el atentado del 11 de mar-zo de 2004 en Madrid se re-produjeron las principales ca-racterísticas de una gran crisis: sorpresa, pérdida de control e incertidumbre. Éstas fueron extensivas a todos los actores políticos y mediá-ticos, lo que generó un desbordamiento de las relacio-nes que ambos colectivos mantienen en situaciones convencionales. El...
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p>El objetivo de este artículo es estudiar el papel de las nuevas tecnologías del 11 al 14 de marzo de 2004 en España y compararlo con el comportamiento de los medios tradicionales en los mismos días. En el trabajo se estudia el flash mob –o convocatoria súbita– ocurrido el 13 de marzo, dos días después del peor atentado terrorista en la historia d...
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In a democratic society, the media are central to the communication of risks and uncertainties to the public. This paper presents ten proposals for improving media coverage in social risk situations. The article focuses on the production logic of the media and their consequences for society. The proposals and the conclusions of this research are su...
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Aquest article resumeix algunes de les conclusions de la recerca «La periodísticacientífica als Països Catalans», finançada per l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans i dirigida pelcatedràtic de Periodisme de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra Josep Maria Casasús. Els autorsse centren en les publicacions del segle XIX al Principat i, en concret, analitzen demanera...

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