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Going to #NABJ14 and I’m bringing #SciComm with me!


I am en route to Boston, headed to the 2014 National Association of Black Journalists Meeting in July 30– August 3, 2014.

The Theme is Revolution to Evolution, Shaping Our Future and I will be there representing Science! I believe that a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) communication are revolution. Deliberately and consciously communicating STEM to under served audiences is an evolution of the media landscape, especially one that would be centered within the communities themselves. I am hoping to inspire NABJ members to become inclusive science communicators. Cultivating a diverse science writing professional writing guild would tremendously shape our future -- the future of NABJ, Media, and the communities they serve by bringing important and engaging lives to them daily.

I am coming to share opportunities - The Diversity Travel Fellowship to attend the Annual Science Writing Conference.

Connecting them to Diversity Science Writing Communities and initiatives and resources and more. I want to them to know ALL of the OUTRAGEOUSLY awesome and impactful things that #BlackandSTEM-ers are doing and let folks know about the important conversations the National Science & Technology News Service is having and inspiring.

I am speaking and hoping to ignite excitement in science communication. I'm on a Healthy NABJ Panel on Friday, Aug 1, 2014, 10:45 am – 12:15 pm.

Workshop: “Using Social Media for Informed and Influential Reporting – Powered by Eli Lilly & Company.”

Social media is one of the most powerful tools a journalist can use for communicating with an audience. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter can be beneficial to both health consumers and health care professionals because they provide an immediate opportunity for dialogue. The session will be an engaging and informative look at the use of social media in health care reporting. This workshop offers vital advice for journalists from all beats. I’ll be sharing how these technologies can be used to effectively communicate critical background and explanatory information about health and science in general and foster health and science literacy among under-served populations.

Moderator: Cindy George, Multimedia Journalist, Houston Chronicle

Speakers: Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D. “The Urban Scientist,” Scientific American Blog Network; Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Cornell University

Mark Luckie, Manager of Journalism & News, Twitter

Robert Bertsche, Media and First Amendment Attorney, Prince Lobel Tye LLP

But most importantly, I am there to connect. I want to meet people. People who love sharing stories. People who are curious and want to connect with this amazing effort to remind their audiences that science is everything and all around us, that science is as much apart of the African American experience as politics and social justice issues. I'll be tweeting with the following hashtags #NABJ14 and #scicomm

So please reach out to me. I want to connect.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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