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FRAMING AS A PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TOOL: Slides from AAAS Talk Posted Online, Close to 200 Fill Auditorium for Science Policy Speaker Series

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about 8 years ago

Turn out at this morning's presentation at AAAS approached 200, and it looked like the auditorium was completely full. It's a sign that interest in framing as a public engagement tool is really increasing. The Q&A session was a particular highlight for me, with many great comments and insights ...

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PRESENTATION TOMORROW AT AAAS HQ: Research Shows That the Public Relies on Frames and Values to Make Sense of Policy Debates; Challenges Common Assumptions About What is Effective Science Communication

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about 8 years ago

For those in the DC area, tomorrow I will be giving the following presentation at AAAS HQ as part of the Science Policy Alliance speaker series. Breakfast is at 730 and the talk kick-offs at 815. I'm told about 180 people have RSVPed. I hope some readers can make it! In the presentation, I ...

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CAN INTELLIGENT DESIGN GO GLOBAL? Pope's Continued Mixed Messages Allow Conservatives to Frame Appeals that Resonate with Catholic Audiences Internationally

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Following Pope Benedict's late August seminar on evolution, the consensus view from Science magazine and intelligent design watchdogs appeared to be that the Vatican was not yet ready to endorse ID, but rather was likely to come out in support of a theological view of evolution. Yet, the Pope ...

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STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION IN THE FOLEY CASE: If You Were a Republican, and Wanted This Scandal Over, What Should You Do? Lanny Davis On Framing the Story Before Your Opponents Do

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Lanny Davis, former White House counsel under Clinton, veteran of the Monica Lewinsky wars, and a recognized expert on crisis communication was on NPR this morning, offering some very valuable insight on message strategy in the Mark Foley page scandal. Davis recommends that iin any scandal, you ...

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STATE OF DENIAL: Woodward Amplifies Framing of a Dogmatic President Out-of-Touch with Reality; Interpretation Traces Back to Katrina as the Catalyst

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Everyone here in D.C. is talking about Bob Woodward's State of Denial, as the book's insider accounts continue to dominate the news cycle this week. Woodward's impact offers a leading example of how politicians, journalists, and the general public use frames to cut down on complexity and ...

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'I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO A CHRISTIAN FLAG': Release of 'Jesus Camp' Demonstrates Power of a Documentary to Shape News Agenda and Framing; Film Sparks News Focus on Evangelical Movement and the Indoctrination of Kids

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Email list servs and blogs aren't the only things buzzing about the new documentary 'Jesus Camp,' (trailer) which opens in major cities this weekend, including here in D.C. The news media has also discovered the film, and its impact has been to generate a string of news reports that focus on a ...

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SO MUCH FOR FAMILY VALUES: Inhofe Attacks Andrew Revkin's New Book for Kids; NY Times Journalist Responds By Way of His Blog and Book Site

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Just to show you how out of touch Inhofe and his staff are in their attack on the media, they even label as alarmist Andrew Revkin of the NY Times. I've read through literally dozens of Revkin's articles, I have seen him speak on several occasions, and interviewed him for this article on ...

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DOES THE PUBLIC BELIEVE INHOFE'S HYPE? Public Is Split on Whether Media Exaggerate Global Warming Threat; Though Compared to 1997, More Americans Now Believe that the Media Downplays Global Warming

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Yesterday, Senator James Inhofe, Chair of the Committee on Public Works & the Environment, issued a challenge to journalists to stop what he called the "media hype" over global warming. Inhofe compiles a list of what he considers exaggerated distortions of global warming from recent and past news ...

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WHEN NEGOTIATING THE NEWS BACKFIRES: Clinton Gets Angry When Fox News Sunday Violates the Agreed Upon Ground Rules; Gotcha Moment Disrupts Attempt to Engage Moderate GOP on Global Warming

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News outlets and the blogosphere are abuzz over Bill Clinton's appearance on Fox News Sunday. The whole episode is a classic example of how the negotiation of news between journalists and powerful sources can sometimes go wrong, especially when the two parties might ultimately have competing ...

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FRAMING SCIENCE GOES INTERACTIVE: Streaming Video of AIBS Lecture from May; Upcoming Oct. 11 Presentation at AAAS on the Communication Battles Over Science Policy

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For readers who are interested in learning more about the communication battles over science policy, I gave the following talk to the American Institute of Biological Sciences back in May, and now AIBS has posted a video of the lecture, complete with an interactive version of the powerpoint slides ...