Danish Science Journalists to Focus on Framing and Ethics
Matthew C. Nisbet, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. Nisbet studies the role of communication and advocacy in policymaking and public affairs, focusing on debates over over climate change, energy, and sustainability. Among awards and recognition, Nisbet has been a Visiting Shorenstein Fellow on Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Health Policy Investigator at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Google Science Communication Fellow. In 2011, the editors at the journal Nature recommended Nisbet's research as “essential reading for anyone with a passing interest in the climate change debate,” and the New Republic highlighted his work as a “fascinating dissection of the shortcomings of climate activism."
For readers in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany intrigued by the discussion over the past few days at Scienceblogs, the Danish Association of Science Journalists will be focusing on these exact same topics at their upcoming June meetings. Register at the site and see an agenda of speakers, with the roster not quite yet completed. At the conference, I will be giving a morning talk and participating in an afternoon panel discussion.
See below from the conference description on the relevance of framing to science communication:
For science journalists and the media in general, some important questions spring to mind:
* What is our role in the »frame game«. Do we - knowingly or unknowingly - support framing by repeating certain rhetoric about research?
* Does framing influence public understanding and acceptance of research - and does it have a positive or negative effect on research funding?
Join us at the Danish Science Journalists' Association 's spring conference 2009 to discuss the topic of framing with media personalities, scientists who have been framed, and experts on framing.
The goal of the conference is to deliver three ethical principles for science journalists, researchers and scientists and to improve our understanding and recognition of framing.
The conference takes place at the Danish School of Education in Copenhagen June 11th and is kindly supported by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Development.
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