As newspapers falter and public perceptions of scientific credibility become increasingly polarized, America’s science journalists face a complex landscape. How do you cover an issue about which scientists agree but stakeholders do not? How do you react when policymakers treat scientific evidence as an afterthought? Can a skilled science journalist compete with the wealth of other “sources” in our social-media world? We will examine the evolution of science journalism from the mid-20th century until the present and explore the roles that journalists are carving out for themselves in today’s dense information environment.
About the speaker:
Sharon Dunwoody, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita of Journalism and Communication
Dunwoody has taught science journalism and science communication for more than 30 years. As a scholar, she focuses on the construction of science messages and on how they are employed by individuals in service to learning and taking action. She is the author or coauthor of numerous publications and book chapters, as well as several books. In recognition of her work, Dunwoody has served as a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Brazil, a visiting journalism fellow at Deakin University in Australia, and a Donnier Guest Professor at Stockholm University. In 2011, she earned the Paul J. Deutschmann Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in recognition of her research career. And in 2013, she was the recipient of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Hilldale Award, which recognizes research, teaching, and service.
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Light refreshments will be served.
This free event is open to all, but registration is strongly recommended!
RSVP by October 9.
Questions? Contact Nancy Powell.
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