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
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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_journalism
What is Science journalism?
“ 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?
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: http://www.ploscompbiol.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pcbi. 1000263
Social Media and Science Journalism
“ 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
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!)
New Science Journalism
Come to next class having read:
Public Library of Science (PLoS): http://blogs.plos.org/blogosphere /