BASS Lecture - Meagan Phelan '05

The Antidote to the Bad Headline: Good Science Communication

Meagan Phealan '05
Science Press Package Executive Director
American Association for the Advancement Science

Most members of the public, and policymakers too, don’t get their science information from journals. They get it from news stories about journal reports — and sometimes, just from these stories’ headlines, which may misrepresent the findings. Polls about public trust in the media, including the science media, continue to show that trust is down. Who are the people and roles who can help change this picture? And how? Meagan Phelan, the Executive Director of the Science Press Package in Washington, D.C., will talk about the work her team does weekly to connect authors of new studies with a network of 6,000 global reporters. The “SciPak” team’s efforts to contextualize new science and communicate its limitations are improving science news stories in outlets including The New York Times, NPR, The Guardian, and many more. This work is one among many roles Meagan will discuss that can help transform science stories from clickbait, to stories truly representative of the findings. This in turn helps build public trust in science and scientists.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

McCreary Hall 115 Bowen Auditorium

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