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Lecture 3:  Blogging, Twitter & Science Journalism

Lecture 3: Blogging, Twitter & Science Journalism






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    Lecture 3:  Blogging, Twitter & Science Journalism Lecture 3: Blogging, Twitter & Science Journalism Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction to Blogging and Science Journalism
      • TA Introductions!
      • Blogging 101
      • Twitter 101
      • Science Journalism
      • Homework
      • 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?
    • NOTE:
    • What is Twitter?
    • How to Use Twitter
      • Send class tweets to me, @JessL
      • Use our class hashtag, #ALES204
      Twitter for ALES 204
      • 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
      • 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?
      • 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?
      • 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 /
      • Scientopia: http://scientopia.org/blogs /
      • Not Exactly Rocket Science:
      • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience /