CFP – Science Communication: Linking Theory and Practice


 Science Communication: Linking Theory and Practice

Special Issue

Science Communication and Broad Societal Change

Guest Editors Maarten van der Sanden and William Evans
Increasingly, government funding for scientific research requires that research to have a broad societal impact. Researchers often propose to achieve this impact at least in part through public communication, assuming that engaging the public in science is a worthwhile end in itself or will necessarily serve to raise knowledge levels and change attitudes. Most also seem to assume that communication can play a key role in bolstering the societal impact of the scientific enterprise. Yet, are these assumptions justified?  Continue reading

ComSHER Officer Nominations

It is time to start thinking about who should fill our ComSHER officer roster for next year. Officers serve from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30 and will be voted upon or appointed during the business meeting at the annual convention. Our current officers can be found here:

The following positions may be available. Read the description in our bylaws to see the duties of each position:

  • Research Chair
  • Teaching Chair
  • PF&R Chair
  • Secretary
  • Social Media Chair
  • Website Chair
  • Newsletter Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Grad Student Ambassadors/Liaisons
Please email Michael Dahlstrom ( if you want to be nominated for any of these positions. Thanks and have a great summer.

Electronic News Division pre-conference workshop open to everyone

We hope you will join us in Minneapolis for the Electronic News Division’s pre-conference workshop, Picture This: Video and Mobile Teaching Tips. The workshop will be led by two master storytellers – Boyd Huppert of Minneapolis station KARE and John Goheen  of Loyola University Chicago. Between them, Boyd and John have won more than 25 Emmys and Edward R. Murrow awards, plus numerous others.  Annually they help lead the NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop, training participants from around the world.

Boyd and John will show us ways to enhance our video news gathering instruction in the art of visual storytelling, with concrete exercises we can incorporate into the classroom.

The second half of the workshop will feature an overview of mobile storytelling, led by John and Dr. Lee Hood. You may be surprised how easy it is to incorporate these skills and technologies into a variety of classes, and the interesting journalistic applications for them. Bring your smartphone (iOS or Android) and you’ll be editing packages before the session is over!  You don’t have to be an advanced video editor to take this workshop, even beginners are welcome. The mobile video part will assume that many people are beginners — and yes, even beginners will be able to edit basic mobile packages before the session is over.

The workshop is Wednesday, August 3, 1-5 p.m. at the conference hotel. Remember to sign up when you register for the conference. Registration is $35. We hope to see you there! If you have questions in the meantime, you may post them on the listserv or direct them to Lee Hood, Associate Professor, Broadcast News, Loyola University Chicago,