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Science in the Media: Rude or Ailing Health? was a panel that recently convened in the UK, in a response to a recent UK government report on science in the media . You can watch the video of the entire thing at this link. The panelists were Natasha Loder of the Economist, Andrew Jack of…

Science Communicators of North Carolina and Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, present: “Using Multimedia to Advance Your Research” — and – “Adventures in Self-Publishing” By Dennis Meredith, author of Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work (Oxford University Press) April 26, 2010, 6:00 p.m. Sigma Xi Center, RTP Dennis Meredith…

Weekend reads

Good stuff to keep you occupied over the next couple of days: Systemic issues in science journalism – the reinforcing cycle of niche reporting Investigative science journalism The Bias of Veteran Journalists Dangerous DNA: The truth about the ‘warrior gene’ The Language of Science – it’s ‘just a theory’ Should journalists report on unpublished research?…

In his ongoing series, Colin Schultz posted two excellent interviews, with Ferris Jabr and with Ed Yong. Both interviews are long-ish, and cover a lot of ground, e.g., about the importance of the “news hook” for science stories, the role of PIOs and press release sites, and the useless blogging vs. journalism wars.

Week in review

This was a busy, crazy week. On Monday and Tuesday I was in Boston. You may remember I went to Boston last year as well and for the same reason – spending a day at the WGNH studios, helping with the World Science project that combines radio, podcasts and online forums. You have probably noticed…

Journalism has always been communal Top Google queries about scientists: should we be surprised? Getting more out of scientific content Telling tales… The Science Reader: A Crowd-Sourced Profile Journalism and the public understanding of how science works. A suggested remedy. So what do the journalists and scientists think? Evaluating science journalism – with a Matrix!…

Danielle Lee, who just defended her PhD last week (her defense was livestreamed and livetweeted and liveblogged – Congratulations!!!!!!!!!) wrote a very thought-provoking post this morning – Understanding push-pull market forces and promoting science to under-served audiences. Go read it now. If general public will not actively seek science content (‘pull’) than perhaps we can…

Elia Ben-Ari, on her ‘To Be Determined’ blog, wrote an excellent, thought-provoking post on the fine distinctions between science journalists and Press Information Officers: More on the Science Journalism Ecosystem and What Is and Is Not Science Journalism …And an understanding of the underlying science is certainly helpful in reporting the “something smells fishy” stories…

Lots of interesting stuff this week, so I decided to put everything in a single post – makes it easier for everyone…. First, there was a very nice article in Columbia Journalism Review (which someone subscribed me to – I guess because my name appeared there the other week….someone is trying to remind me how…

Almost a year ago, Nature published a set of opinion articles, including Science journalism: Toppling the priesthood by Toby Murcott. I did not react at the time, but JR Minkel and Jessica Palmer did and got some interesting responses in the comments. The article was brought to my attention by Gozde Zorlu who is ruminating…