PCST2018: Engage audiences using emotions, facts and figures!

WFSJ board member, Wolfgang Goede, participated in the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST2018) that was hosted at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand (4-6 April). One of the main subjects discussed was ‘How to engage lay people in science?’ The answer: ‘Don’t lecture, rather play with your audience. Be creative and artistic. Make attendees participate and connect with each other. Let them become emotional.’ There are some valuable lessons for science journalists in this as well. In his article, Wolfgang shares some of the highlights from PCST2018. READ MORE

Science journalism needs more voices from the Global South

In the age of post-truth politics, it is imperative for us to rely on science stories as the source of objective information. In climate change issues, politicians speak their ideology and economic interests while the scientists speak the facts. And so with other “controversial” topics such as vaccines and the teaching of evolution. Scientists are always those holding the “truth”. But science stories are not always those that deal with controversial issues. There are stories about new discoveries and everything that deals with scientific communities. But have we ever questioned whose scientists we are listening to in these stories?READ MORE