Facing the Uncertain Future of International Science Journalism

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Room 1B (San Diego Convention Center)
Science and technology is front and center in many of the key public issues in the news today, including swine flu, climate change, alternative energy, stem cell research, HIV/AIDS, and the teaching of evolution, to name a few. From the local to the global stage, more informed coverage is needed to help citizens understand scientific, environmental, health, and technological problems and the implications for them personally as well as for domestic and foreign policy. Unfortunately, at a time when it is most needed, science journalism is suffering in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other countries due to dramatic changes in the media industry, both economically and technologically. Reporting jobs for specialty science journalists are declining rapidly at traditional newspaper, magazine, and television outlets; science sections are disappearing; and the coverage is shifting increasingly toward personal health and fitness rather than science and public policy. Fortunately, science journalism is flourishing in some parts of the developing world, such as Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, where there is a great need for expanded coverage of emerging science and technology. Also tremendous new multimedia opportunities are ahead for journalists to reach new audiences through the rapid expansion of Web and social media sites. This session will explore the state of science journalism worldwide and how best to ensure its survival and growth in the future.
Cristine Russell, Harvard University
James Cornell, International Science Writers Association
and Donald Kennedy, Stanford University
Cristine Russell, Harvard University
Deborah Blum, University of Wisconsin
and Donald Kennedy, Stanford University
Mariette DiChristina, National Association of Science Writers
American Science Journalism Under Siege: Moving Ahead
Nadia El-Awady, Arab Science Writers Association
Why Science Journalism Is Growing in Developing Countries
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