Workshop on Science Journalism in Chennai

Hi everyone,

Registrations are open for a workshop titled “Science, Journalism, Media: Communicating Science in a Changing India” to be held in Chennai from Aug 20-21. This looks like a great opportunity for anyone interested in science journalism to learn more about the field and the current situation in the Indian context. Attaching below the link to the meeting website, and a description of the workshop from its page.

Science, Journalism, Media: Communicating Science in a Changing India

In recent years the coverage of science in the Indian media has increased in depth and vibrancy. This has been accompanied by an active dialogue between some scientists and journalists on social media such as Twitter and Facebook. Some very interesting recent discussions on Confluence [1] [2] covered science, journalism and issues faced by both sides in science reporting. These highlight the need to address communication gaps between scientists and science journalists.

This workshop brings together scientists interested in communicating to the public across multiple media and science journalists with an interest in accurately describing Indian science, its breakthroughs as well as its problems. It will attempt to provide scientists with an idea of “what journalists really want” as well as to provide journalists with an idea of scientists concerns about how their work is represented. Several scientists and science journalists have responded very positively to the idea, and a tentative schedule is up now.

The format will be based on panel discussions rather than long talks. Panels of 3-6 people will discuss a variety of topics, with each panelist making short presentations before opening the topic to discussion, enabling active participation by all attendees.

This meeting is being held in collaboration with Dialogue: Science, Scientists, Society, the recently-launched journal of the Indian Academy of Sciences.

Okay , so this just got concluded a couple of days ago. There’s a lot to process, and I am going to post some of my notes from the meeting in this space in the coming weeks, and will also do a short report on the event. But before getting started with this, here are some items you should read through -

1. Live tweet thread describing the discussions from the NCBS, Bangalore science communication team.
2. Live tweets describing the discussions from Sandhya Koushika Lab, TIFR, Mumbai
3. Analysis and comments by Vasudevan Mukunth, The Wire (please read the comments on this one as well)

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Adding a few more discussions stemming from the meeting to this list (all of these were published on Confluence and written by Gautam Menon, one of the co-organizers of the conference)