Lecture 3: Blogs & Twitter 101, Intro to Science Journalism


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Lecture 3: Blogs & Twitter 101, Intro to Science Journalism

  1. 1. Introduction to Blogging and Science Journalism
  2. 2. <ul><li>Blogging 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Science Journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Homework </li></ul>Outline
  3. 3. <ul><li>Blog = web + log </li></ul><ul><li>Originally was used more as an online journal </li></ul><ul><li>Updated frequently </li></ul><ul><li>Implies a community (writers AND readers) </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>A resource (just like our class blog is!) </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse Chronological entries (blog posts) </li></ul><ul><li>Effective E-Portoflio i.e. business card! </li></ul>What is a blog?
  4. 4. ALES 204 blog
  5. 5. NOTE:
  6. 6. What is Twitter?
  7. 7. How to Use Twitter
  8. 8. <ul><li>Send class tweets to me, @JessL </li></ul><ul><li>Use our class hashtag, #ALES204 </li></ul>Twitter for ALES 204
  9. 9. <ul><li>Use your laptop, smart phone, friend’s laptop etc… to: </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet me something that you just learned about twitter. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember, send to me (@JessL) and use our class hashtag </li></ul>Pop Quiz
  10. 10. <ul><li>It is a branch of journalism that uses reporting to convey information about science topics to the public. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Read more on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_journalism </li></ul>What is Science journalism?
  11. 11. <ul><li>They must </li></ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul>What are science journalists?
  12. 12. <ul><li>Example: At the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology meeting in July 2009, 1400 researchers came together </li></ul><ul><li>Hardly any maintained lengthy face-to-face contact…instead, </li></ul><ul><li>They tweeted and blogged about: </li></ul><ul><li>research as it was presented </li></ul><ul><li>followed parallel sessions </li></ul><ul><li>provided an opportunity for researchers not at the meeting, as well as a far wider community, to actively participate </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>Social Media and Science Journalism
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ 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 </li></ul><ul><li>It promotes professional best practice and is seeking to implement a transparent advertising revenue exchange programme </li></ul>New Science Journalism Project
  14. 14. <ul><li>With a partner or in a group of 3: </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the New Science Journalism Project, choose a tag (energy, environment, health) and read a couple of articles </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss them with your partner/in your group </li></ul><ul><li>Each person in the group must then tweet (@JessL): </li></ul><ul><li>a short synopsis of each article (one tweet per article) </li></ul><ul><li>why the New Science Journalism project is important (@JessL and @nsjproject) </li></ul>Activity
  15. 15. New Science Journalism
  16. 16. <ul><li>Come to next class having read: </li></ul><ul><li>Public Library of Science (PLoS): http://blogs.plos.org/blogosphere / </li></ul><ul><li>Scientopia: http://scientopia.org/blogs / </li></ul><ul><li>Not Exactly Rocket Science: </li></ul><ul><li>http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience / </li></ul>Homework