[ASC-list] Science and the Media

Guy Nolch science at control.com.au
Tue Jun 16 04:44:03 UTC 2009

Dear ASCers

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  
the maze?

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  
persuasive communication.

Scientists, Nanotechnologies
and the Media

Alan Petersen, Monash University, and Alison Anderson, Plymouth  
University, UK

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  
for www.mediadoctor.org.au

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  
science communicators.

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.

Guy Nolch
Control Publications Pty Ltd
Box 2155 Wattletree Rd PO
VIC 3145 Australia

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Web: www.control.com.au
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