[ASC-list] More science in the news petition

Tamzin Byrne tamzin at scienceinpublic.com.au
Mon Jul 22 02:15:20 UTC 2013

And for their first story - 20 seconds on why we should all eat our greens?

I'm not sure a petition is the way to go. They shouldn't be obliged to cover science - it's our job as science communicators to persuade them to, with interesting stories which are relevant to their audience. How many science releases have a youth angle?

Plus - Hack seems to do a pretty decent job covering science. I can't claim to have listened recently, but in their online story archive at http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/ I count 10 out of 20 stories with a science/health/environment link.

Tamzin Byrne
Science Communicator
Science in Public

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Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:38:20 +1000
From: Melanie McKenzie <melaniemck at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [ASC-list] More science in the news petition
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Hi All,
Would you like to hear more science in the news? According to a recent ANUpoll (http://www.anu.edu.au/anupoll/images/uploads/ANUpoll_on_science.pdf), Australians are more interested in a variety of science topics over politics or sport. And yet 45% feel "not very well informed" or "not informed at all" about science.

Please support our petition to lobby Triple J (as Australia's publicly owned youth radio station) to include a short "In Science" report in their hourly news updates.

To sign the petition:

For more information about the campaign:

We're aiming for 20, 000 signatures, so we'd be most grateful if you'd ask your friends and colleagues to consider signing the petition. International supporters are also welcome!

Thanks in advance,
Melanie McKenzie (Science Communicator)
and the rest of the "And In Science" team

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