2015 Native American Journalists Association

Join us at the National Native Media Conference from July 9 to 12 in Arlington, VA.

Panel: Best Practices for Science & Health Reporting in Indian Country

Writers and researchers discuss a culturally responsible approach to science and health reporting in Indian Country. News coverage of issues about science, health, risk, and the environment are often framed with facts and statistics, but too frequently lack important cultural context. Attendees will receive professional development advice on best practices for interacting with scientists and physicians. You’ll also get a rundown of resources for career advancement for continued reporting on a subject area where science and indigenous rights can collide — as seen in the ongoing coverage of Kennewick Man. Learn how to present science news that doesn’t ignore Native cultural concerns. Panelists will offer examples of science coverage that effectively embrace American Indian ways-of-knowing against coverage that disparages Indian knowledge systems, and will provide advice on how to better frame conflictual narratives so that indigenous perspectives are legitimized.
This session is sponsored by a generous NASW Idea Grant from the National Association of Science Writers.

Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D., Moderator
Executive Director, DiverseScholar (a project of Community Partners)
Founding Editor, MinorityPostdoc.org

Terri Hansen
Environment & Science Journalist, Indian Country Today Media Network
Article Portfolio

Cynthia Coleman, Ph.D.
Professor, Communication, Portland State University
Musings on Native Science

Teresa Lamsam, Ph.D. (not pictured)
Associate Professor of Communication, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Executive Editor, Native Health News Alliance

Advice About Science Journalism

Directory of Science Communication/Journalism Programs

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last updated 23-Oct-2015