[ASC-list] Science and the Media
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Tue Jun 16 04:44:03 UTC 2009
A Who's Who of ASC luminaries, including four ASC presidents, have
contributed to a special edition of ISSUES magazine exploring the
topic of Science and the Media.
For those of you who haven't come across ISSUES before, it is a
quarterly magazine available by subscription only (see issues.com.au).
Each edition looks at a particular topic with articles expressing the
views of stakeholders from all sides of a scientific issue. Previous
editions have looked at bioethics, biofuels, complementary medicine,
indigenous health, science and religion, stem cells, water resources,
mental health and nuclear energy.
The current issue on Science and the Media can be ordered direct from
issues.com.au. Its contents are:
Controversy: Silence Is
a Scientist’s Worst Enemy
Susannah Eliott, Director, Australian Science Media Centre
How can the average person tell good science from bad, and what role
should the rest of the scientific community play in helping us through
Science Journalism Threatened
Peter Pockley, Senior Correspondent, Australasian Science
Specialisation of reportage and commentary in mainstream media,
exemplified by science, is under serious threat in Australia and
A Noun in Your Auricle
Rob Morrison, science communicator
Pedantry or problem? Loose science terminology is an issue in the media.
A Dearth of Research
Communication by Scientists
Tim Thwaites, National President, Australian Science Communicators
Science can be stalled by public misunderstanding, yet science
communication is relatively new in Australia. Tim Thwaites explains
why, and how the dearth of science communication is being addressed.
Perils of the Junk Information Age
Julian Cribb, science communicator
Society today is awash in junk information that is contaminating not
only responsible journalism but also the very ability of democracies
to make sound decisions in their own best interests.
How Science Is Framed
Joan Leach, Convenor, Science Communication Program, University of
Scientific, medical and environmental issues are subject to the same
types of linguistic framing that are used in advertising and other
and the Media
Alan Petersen, Monash University, and Alison Anderson, Plymouth
How do scientists view the media? And how might this shape their
interactions with journalists and the nature of news coverage?
Frontiers of Science Communication
Joan Leach and Maureen Burns, University of Queensland
Joan Leach and Maureen Burns reflect on Frontiers of Science, a 1960s
and 1970s comic strip series they are researching as examples of
science mediation in the 20th century.
Medicine in the News
Amanda Wilson, Ian Kirkwood, David Henry and Alison Jones, reviewers
Most people find out about new health treatments from the media, but
how just accurate is this information and how can you tell?
Sharing Science with
Better Science Communication
Nancy Longnecker, Coordinator, Science Communication Program,
University of Western Australia
Nancy Longnecker describes Australian university options for budding
Teaching Scientists to
Interact with the Media
Jennifer Metcalfe, Director, Econnect Communication; and Toss
Gascoigne, Executive Director, Australian Science Innovations
Many scientists lack the skills or encouragement to speak to the media
successfully. Media skills training provides a way for scientists to
confidently use the media to talk about their work.
What’s in Store for Science Journalism?
Nicky Phillips, science journalist, ABC Radio National
What does the future of science journalism hold? Nicky Phillips traces
its transformation, technology and opportunities.
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