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Education & Outreach

From Ship to Shore to the News: NSF Workshop on Science Journalism

When: Wednesday, 24 February
Where: Room E141, 1145h–1245h

Gulf of Mexico Double-Whammy. Methane-Devourer Discovered in Arctic Seas. Antique Whale Oil and the Origin of Industrial Chemicals.

These headlines introduced recent marine science news stories.

Did these stories attract readers? If so, what's the secret to their success?

Participants in this workshop will learn how to present science in an interesting way while retaining factual accuracy—the key to good science communication and science journalism.

Science journalism aims to transmute scientific concepts and results from jargon-based language often understandable only by scientists, to news relevant to the lives of the general reader (listener/viewer).

This workshop will explore science communication for a non-scientific audience. Participants will review examples of good science writing from news outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post, Science News and New Scientist; "dissect" the structure of science news and feature articles; discuss how popular coverage of science has changed in recent years through "new media"; and learn the basics of science journalism.

Participants will have the opportunity to write a general-audience science article about research presented at the conference, and individual critiques will be offered to those interested.

The workshop is free, but pre-registration is appreciated. Please contact: Cheryl Lyn Dybas, National Science Foundation, cdybas@nsf.gov, 703-292-7734.