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Science Journalism - Henrietta Lacks reporting - NABJ 2013 - David Kroll


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From my participation in the Science Journalism 101 panel at the annual meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists, Orlando, FL, 29 July 2013. Moderators: Danielle Lee and Jamila Bey. Panelists: Robin Lloyd (Scientific American), Ivan Oransky (MedPage Today), David Kroll (NC Museum of Natural Sciences/NC State University)

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Science Journalism - Henrietta Lacks reporting - NABJ 2013 - David Kroll

  1. 1. Science Journalism 101 NABJ 2013 David J Kroll, PhD Director of Strategic Positioning North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Adjunct Associate Professor of English North Carolina State University @davidkroll @naturalsciences
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  3. 3. Typically unorthodox career path
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  5. 5. Served as scientific manuscript reviewer
  6. 6. But what if I’m not a scientist? You should still cover science and technology in your publications and outlets Essential service to Black community and more broadly
  7. 7. @naturalsciences
  8. 8. Museum photographs courtesy of Nik Swain, NCMNS More at:
  9. 9. “The prominence of the Southern Hemisphere has prompted calls to the museum questioning the accuracy of the globe’s scale. However, it’s not the scale that is incorrect, but our conditioning. Maps and globes shape our perspectives of the planet, and in turn our sense of place on it.” -- Lisa Sorg, Indy Week, 11 April 2012 lesson-at-the-nc-museum-of-natural-sciences/Content?oid=3004747
  10. 10. Ebony – June 1976 • Henrietta Lacks story with family • Followed Michael Rogers, Rolling Stone • Remainder of issue full of science and health stories
  11. 11. Ebony, June 1976 - Featured work of legendary plant medicinal chemist, Dr. Norman Farnsworth, University of Illinois at Chicago
  12. 12. Jet – April 1976
  13. 13. Rolling Stone – late March 1976
  14. 14. Critical thinking - science journalism or not 11.13.11 – Neil deGrasse Tyson Reddit AMA
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  16. 16. @naturalsciences
  17. 17. The magazine screenshots featured in this presentation came from links provided by the University of Maryland Libraries resource on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Images shown under “fair use” provisions.