About 45 communicators and as many scientists gathered yesterday in Boulder to participate in a communication workshop jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Academy for the Advancement of Science, National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. We discussed social media, science journalism, and best uses of video. I met some fellow Tweeters face to face for the first time, and came away very enthusiastic about the opportunities for me to incorporate new practices into my work. I reproduce here a slightly edited collection of Tweets from those attending the conference. You’ll find some potentially useful links here too.
It was great to see confirmation that our conversation was being observed in real time from the outside world: @tiffanylohwater chimed in: “Reading live tweets from Communicating Science workshop at in Boulder since I’m missing this one!”
My notes first, then the perhaps more informed ones from my Tweeting colleagues.
Communicators can help researchers strengthen proposals RE impact of work
Jeff Nesbit, NSF: the science media landscape changing rapidly gatekeepers going away, need to engage public directly
Karen Sandberg, NSF: America Competes Act strengthening reqs for ‘broader impact’
Molly McElroy: Communicating science as imp as doing the research
Nesbit: CNN has no staffer to cover science More need to engage public directly
Nesbit: crucial to show public support in order to get $$ for science communication. NSF creating
Nesbit: crucial to show public support in order to get $$ for science communication. #aaas #ucar NSF creating & syndicating its own sci content.
Nesbit: national media betting on iPad as delivery platform
Nesbit: nearly impossible to reach mass audiences. Advertisers know it. Importance of engaging niche audiences
NSF helps fund science coverage w/ media science partners US news, PBS news hour, NBC, others & transparency is very imp.