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Merry P. Bruns
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Bring your questions about anthropology's coverage by the media, and come prepared to talk freely with those in the field!

Participants include members of local and national science media, and registered anthropologists.

Topics covered in this open discussion may include:

How do editors decide what science stories to publish?
Who makes the decisions about running anthropology news items?
Does the media cover anthropology in a responsible manner?

Science writers are the journalists who write about us - in print, online, over broadcast, and in popular books.

They're our most powerful conduit to the public. At this yearly roundtable, they'll talk with us about what they look for in stories, how their own medium often constrains what they write, communication problems with academics, and how that communication can be improved.

This is a chance for anthropologists to find out what makes the media tick - and to talk freely with professionals in the field to improve communication.

Topics:

WHAT IS 'SCIENCE NEWS'?

What makes science "news"?
How is "news" defined?
How is science research turned into news stories?
What makes a good science story-what are the elements?

MEDIA CONSTRAINTS

What are media constraints and requirements (time, space, etc.)?
How do editors determine what to use?
How does science have to conform to news conventions?
What problems occur along the way?

ANTHROPOLOGY AND SCIENCE NEWS

What makes a great anthropology story?
What makes a book about anthropology popular?
What makes it tough to get good anthropology stories?

 

PAST PANELISTS: 1997-Present

David Perlman
Science Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Nancy Shute
Science Writer, , "U.S. News & World Report"
A'ndrea Elyse Messer
Public Information Officer, Penn State University
Charles Petit
Science Writer, "U.S. News & World Report"

William Harms
Senior News Writer (covering Anthropology)
University of Chicago News Office
Diana Lutz
Editor, Muse Magazine
Marsha Goldsmith
JAMA Medical News
Bonnie Gordon
Editor, Astronomy Magazine
Diana Steele
Freelance science writer

Malcome Browne -
S science writer, New York Times "Science" section
Nancy Shute
Science Editor, "U.S. News & World Report"
Faye Flamm
Science writer, "Philadelphia Inquirer"
Steve Benowitz:
science writer, Thomas Jefferson University

Boyce Rensberger
Past Science Editor, The Washington Post
Larry Schuster
Science Editor, UPI
Jamie Shreeve
Science writer ("Lucy's Child," "The Neanderthal Enigma")

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