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Lecture 3: Blogging, Twitter & Science Journalism


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  • 1. Introduction to Blogging and Science Journalism
  • 2.
    • TA Introductions!
    • Blogging 101
    • Twitter 101
    • Science Journalism
    • Homework
  • 3.
    • Blog = web + log
    • Originally was used more as an online journal
    • Updated frequently
    • Implies a community (writers AND readers)
    • Promotes collaboration
    • A resource (just like our class blog is!)
    • Reverse Chronological entries (blog posts)
    • Effective E-Portoflio i.e. business card!
    What is a blog?
  • 4.  
  • 5. NOTE:
  • 6. What is Twitter?
  • 7. How to Use Twitter
  • 8.
    • Send class tweets to me, @JessL
    • Use our class hashtag, #ALES204
    Twitter for ALES 204
  • 9.
    • Use your laptop, smart phone, friend’s laptop etc… to:
    • Tweet me something that you just learnt about twitter.
    • Remember, send to me (@JessL) and use our class hashtag
    Pop Quiz
  • 10.
    • It is a branch of journalism that uses reporting to convey information about science topics to the public.
    • The communication of scientific knowledge through mass media requires a special relationship between the world of science and news media, which is still just beginning to form.
    • Read more on wikipedia:
    What is Science journalism?
  • 11.
    • They must
    • “ render the very detailed, specific and often jargon-laden information produced by scientists into a form that the average media consumer can understand and appreciate, while still communicating the information accurately.”
    What are science journalists?
  • 12.
    • Example: At the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology meeting in July 2009, 1400 researchers came together
    • Hardly any maintained lengthy face-to-face contact…instead,
    • They tweeted and blogged about:
    • research as it was presented
    • followed parallel sessions
    • provided an opportunity for researchers not at the meeting, as well as a far wider community, to actively participate
    • Interestingly, the “virtual coverage” of the conference was so complete, that it was used to write an authoritative conference summary published in PLoS Computational Biology: 1000263
    Social Media and Science Journalism
  • 13.
    • “ a Project that basically puts action where the mouth is,” i.e. instead of blogging the 'eek, oh my, what's happening to the news media world?' – it is instead an ambitious and pragmatic attempt at getting the next generation of science journalists well equipped with some solid science and new media skills
    • It promotes professional best practice and is seeking to implement a transparent advertising revenue exchange programme
    New Science Journalism Project
  • 14.
    • With a partner or in a group of 3:
    • Visit the New Science Journalism Project, choose a tag (energy, environment, health) and read a couple of articles
    • Discuss them with your partner/in your group
    • Each person in the group must then tweet (@JessL):
    • a short synopsis of each article (one tweet per article)
    • why the New Science Journalism project is important (@JessL and @nsjproject)
    Activity (or homework depending on Time!)
  • 15. New Science Journalism
  • 16.
    • Come to next class having read:
    • Public Library of Science (PLoS): /
    • Scientopia: /
    • Not Exactly Rocket Science:
    • /