The LTER 30-year review identified improving communication of LTER science as a high priority. This workshop will improve communication skills of LTER researchers and identify and frame new compelling LTER science stories that will be disseminated to the LTER network, NSF, and wider mass media audiences. We propose to conduct a workshop that brings together scientists, LTER site communicators and science journalists from a range of media in two parts. In Part I, we will ask scientists to identify and share their most compelling findings with science journalists. Scientists will receive feedback from journalists about the interest of the ideas for a general audience and on the way they presented ideas. In the second part, scientists will work with LTER communicators from their sites to develop news stories from their sites (or multiple sites) with the assistance and tutelage of the science journalists from Part I. These news stories will be prepared for the LTER Network website, E-Newsletter and a wide range of media outlets. These proposed activities will address the challenges of the Communication Vision described in the LTER Network Strategic and Implementation Plan. Tools and communication skills gained in these working groups at the ASM will provide LTER scientists and communicators with a better understanding and recognition of potential news stories from their research and a better ability to communicate LTER research and key findings to the general public and decision-makers.
Number of 2 hour sessions requested:2
LCD Projector, Microphone is possible for training exercises
Chris Neill from PIE is also a co-organizer of these proposed working groups but the form did not allow me to submit his name in the space provided because it said it was an invalid user name. We would like to conduct 2 sessions for this proposed working group - one on Monday and a second on Wednesday 9/12. We are inviting several science journalists to participate in this workshop that will work with us for activities on both of these days. The first proposed workgroup session will be oriented toward brainstorming and information sharing and the second workgroup session will be product oriented.
Ruesch Auditorium - Sweet (50)