Program themes at ECSJ2017

Every day of the conference has a theme with a specific focus. One day is dedicated to 1) New media, 2) Climate reporting and 3) Responsible science journalism/communication. Read about the themes below.

New Media

The media landscape has changed and it brings challenges, but also new possibilities. Not only do social media create easy access to information they make it possible to invite audiences to take part in the reporting, and make them participate much more in debates and decision making than traditional media are capable of.

At ECSJ2017 we will focus on how to get the best out of social media and digital reporting, and we will explore new models for sustainable journalism and communication.

One of the negative consequences of the new ways of sharing news is the phenomenon; “post truth communication”. When feelings or deliberate misinformation trump facts, it becomes an even bigger challenge to communicate science. At the conference, you will meet both experts and reporters that deal with the new reality of post truth communication.

Climate reporting

Climate change is a complex issue, and the debate is influenced by many stakeholders with vested interests and different political ideals. This makes it challenging to do engaging reporting on climate science.

At ECSJ2017 one day is dedicated the climate debate with training sessions, networking, creation of transnational investigative journalists and the best climate researchers and specialised journalists in the world.

Even if climate is not your normal topic, you can benefit from the training sessions and workshops on how to report about complex matters in new and engaging ways.

Responsible reporting

When reporting on science journalists and communicators have different roles. These roles are gradually intertwined as more and more science journalists begin to work partly or full time in science communication.

Communication is an increasingly important aspect of research and science and can give scientists direct communication channels to the public. Many of the tools, methods and products are the same in journalism and communication, but there is still a need for independent and investigative science journalism to ensure that we get the nuances to the role of science in society.

At ECSJ2017 we want to explore how science journalists and science communicators can get the best use of each other so science will be covered in the best possible way.