Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 from noon to 1 p.m.
The Translational Partnership for Mental Health hosts an open discussion on the relationship between science and journalism in BioTech One, Conference Room 1-160. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for participants to discover ways to translate their own findings (or favorite article) into an accessible format for all readers. Light refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. to the contact below. For more information, contact Jessica Bourdon at email@example.com or visit http://tpmh.weebly.com/
Critiques by Translational Partnership for Mental Health
What journalists can learn from librarians (Columbia Journalism Review)
In a recent Knight Foundation report, the dean of American University’s School of Communication Jeffrey Rutenbeck wrote, “Journalism has had the luxury of not having to ask itself the existential question of why anyone should pay any attention to us at all.” Rutenbeck’s solution to that problem: “I think journalists could learn a lot from hanging around with successful librarians.” There’s some clear similarities between journalists and librarians: They both navigate a wealth of information and help people get the information they need, and they’ve both faced technological disruptions. Among the things journalists could learn from librarians: Librarians have developed a set of principles called “information literacy” to help people assess the credibility of information and how to use ethically.
Book-author reports schedule
Nov. 4-5 Writing Workshops
Pair up. Think of two questions you could ask to help researchers explain their work. We’ll write them down and share them.
Second stories — due before class on Tuesday, Nov. 15
Recalibrating our syllabus
|Gradebook item||Weight (old)||Weight (new)|
|Story #1 (Sept. 27)||5%||15%|
|Story #2 (Oct. 6)||10%|
|Midterm exam (Oct. 25)||15%||15%|
|Story #3 Writing clinic||10%||10%|
|Story #2 (Nov. 17)||15%||20%|
|Final exam (Dec. 13)||20%||25%|
|Author/book report and presentation||15%||15%|
|Blog and other homework assignments||10%|
Next few classes:
Thursday, Oct. 27
Joseph Johnson: War of the Whales (possible)
Rebecca Jones: At the Edge of Uncertainty
Read and be ready to discuss work by John Horgan, author of The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Science in the Twilight of the Scientific Age:
John Horgan‘s website
Cross Check blog on Scientific American
Tuesday, Nov. 1
Thursday, Nov. 3
Get ready for Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, when we will help VCU graduate students craft abstracts and other materials about their research.