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Reporting Science to the World: The State of Science Journalism



James Branch Cabell Library, Multipurpose Room (250)
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


Journalists, scientists and readers of both popular and academic communications are concerned about how the general public learns, interprets and often misunderstands scientific discovery and research. Four seasoned science journalists writing in national, regional and local venues will join us for an evening of discussion about reporting science and why science literacy matters. They will address 21st century challenges to science literacy, including the changing nature of journalism, the complexities of contemporary scientific research and discovery and  the trend toward multidisciplinarity in science.

"Reporting Science to the World" will bring award-winning writers Tim Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun and The Bay Journal), Erika Engelhaupt (National Geographic, Science News, NPR), Tim Appenzeller (National Geographic, Science, Nature) and Tammie Smith (Richmond Times-Dispatch) to discuss these, and other questions about reporting STEM and social science topics, controversies and advice to non-expert audiences. Jeff South and Tim Bajkiewicz, associate professors in the Robertson School, and Sara Williams, head of academic outreach at Cabell Library, will moderate.

This event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is strongly encouraged. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.


This event is sponsored through a VCU Quest for Distinction Innovative Programs Grant and is a result of a partnership between the VCU Libraries and VCU’s Robertson School of Media and Culture.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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