Agenda

Events for Tuesday, June 30

a. Plenary sessions    

01     New media, new journalism?   2009-06-30 13:30 - 14:30
02 How top philanthropists are accelerating science 2009-06-30 17:30 - 18:30

b. Parallel sessions    

01. Flat Earth News 2009-06-30 15:45 - 17:15
02. Balance not needed? Science journalism and the reporting of creationism 2009-06-30 15:45 - 17:15
03. Science journalism in crisis? 2009-06-30 15:45 - 17:15
04. Great talent, but are they credible? 2009-06-30 15:45 - 17:15
05. The challenges of regional reporting 2009-06-30 15:45 - 17:15

c. Workshops    

06. From Quantum to Cosmos – New Frontiers in Science 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:30
07. Green Energy Technologies 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:30
08. Informing attitudes and beliefs about cancer 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:30
09. New Media Tools 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:30
10. Getting Global Coverage for Science 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:30
11. Heritage Science. What Next? 2009-06-30 09:30 - 13:00

e. Breakfasts/Lunches/Receptions    

  Welcome Tea Party 2009-06-30 14:30 - 15:45
  Welcome Reception 2009-06-30 18:30 - 20:00

f. Field trips    

  The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, London 2009-06-30 10:00 - 2009-07-05 21:00

    

01. New media, new journalism?

Submitted by Horacio Salazar on Sun, 2009-05-31 10:59

There is no question that the internet has dramatically changed the way news is gathered and disseminated. Blogging, podcasting and other innovations provide a voice for many who previously went unheard, but where does this leave journalists? Have new means of communicating and the overwhelming flood of information been to the detriment of science coverage? Or have they opened up new means by which to reach new audiences? Is a ‘new journalism’ required to match the ‘new media’? The panellists will be asked to predict how the media landscape might look in 20 years time and suggest what might be done to ensure a healthy future for critical, hard-hitting science journalism.

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05. The challenges of regional reporting

As scientific findings are reported around the world what challenges are faced by reporters looking at the same story in different regions? Stem cell research may be hailed in Asia or the UK while damned in the US. Newly discovered fossils are recruited in the battle against Intelligent Design in the States and treated as quirky picture stories elsewhere. Why do some regions address genetics questions in one way while others follow a different agenda? This session aims to share experience of working with newsdesk or political agendas and prompt discussion about sharing journalistic practice around the world.

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09. New Media Tools

Host or sponsor: Session supported by Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This workshop will lay out the details of how to put together effective stories in the new media. Media tools to be discussed include podcasts, audio slide shows, mobile phone reports, writing effective blogs and using multiple blogs as sources. Practitioners of new media will talk about how they use these tools themselves, and how those tools are used in their respective regions of the world.

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