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Talk Tomorrow in Philly: "Science and Sustainability in the News"

The IntersectionBy Chris MooneyMay 19, 2010 1:48 PM


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Tomorrow evening, I'll be appearing at the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences for this event:

"Who Will Tell the People? Science and Sustainability in the News”

Scientists who study the environment and global warming warn us at every turn that dramatic changes are afoot. Why don’t media headlines convey a sense of urgency? What is the best way to get the climate change message to citizens? What obligations do the media have? What prevents them from telling the story? The May Urban Sustainability Forum will take a look at how the media covers issues of science, how shrinking budgets and disappearing science desks are impacting coverage, and how niche media sources are filling a void in sharing vital information. Beth McConnell, Executive Director of the Media and Democracy Coalition, will be speaking on the topic of media consolidation and its effects on journalism, specifically sustainability. Chris Mooney is a 2009-2010 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and author of three books, including Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future (co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum). Mr. Mooney and Ms. Kirshenbaum also co-write The Intersection blog for, a contributing editor to Science Progress, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect magazine. He has been a visiting associate in the Center for Collaborative History at Princeton University, and is regularly featured on the national media, including The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, The Colbert Report, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CSPAN’s Book TV, and NPR’s Fresh Air With Terry Gross and Science Friday. Alex Mulcahy, President of Red Flag Media and Publisher of GRID magazine, will share his local success story in starting up a magazine focused on sustainability in the Philadelphia region, the obstacles and achievements and how the role GRID and other niche media sources play in educating the public. Sandy Shea, the Editorial Page Editor for the Daily News, will be the moderator. 6 pm: Reception 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Program You can register for the talk

here. So I hope to see some Philly-based Intersection readers tomorrow night....blogging may be light this afternoon and on as I catch a plane.

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