Science writers to discuss the changing world of journalism

It’s not a surprise that the field of journalism has changed: major newspapers, publications and broadcast stations continue to downsize. Social media has changed the landscape and continues to do so, with the launch of apps like Twitter and Vine.

hand writingLeading science journalists will discuss how the media is changing, and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers, at an event at the Lory Student Center room 386 on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. This panel discussion is sponsored by the School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Christopher Joyce from NPR, David Malakoff from Science, Ashley Ahearn from KUOW/NPR and freelance journalist Hillary Rosner will discuss new trends in science journalism, what’s hot and what’s not. They’ll also share personal perspectives on what makes a good science story, how to get your stories told, and the do’s and don’ts of dealing with journalists.

This lively session will encourage questions from the audience and will be moderated by Nancy Baron, director of science outreach at COMPASS, an organization created to help scientists effectively share their research with the public and policymakers.