How Journalists Cover Scientific Conferences: Dos and Don’ts

Just cataloging this post for reading in the near future.

Unearthed

Attending a scientific conference is a major investment for any journalist. Dozens of press events, hundreds of panel sessions and posters, and thousands of dollars in travel expenses – it all adds up to an opportunity cost for which journalists must plan wisely.

Four members of the Unearthed Magazine staff – also known as students in the Spring 2014 Science, Health and Environmental Writing class – attended the AAAS conference in Chicago Feb. 13-16.

Caleb O'Brien, Art Cook Bremer, Jack Suntrup and Christine Coester are hard at work in the AAAS media room. MU science journalism students Caleb O’Brien, Art Cook Bremer, Jack Suntrup and Christine Coester are hard at work in the AAAS media room.

How do journalists make the most of these conferences? I asked working journalists and  professors to share tips for my science writing students. Here’s a sampling of what they said:

Irene Klotz, Discovery Communications:

  • Do make sure you bring something to eat. It’s hard to stop what you’re doing to eat lunch.

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