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Curiosity, Doubt, and Truth: What Journalism and Science have in Common and Why they Need Each Other

Penny Park, the Executive Director of the Science Media Centre of Canada, will give a free public talk at UTSC on November 19th

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media's Journalism Program is proud to present the ACM - Journalism Speaker Series - an engaging and informative series of talks, Q&A sessions, and panel discussions with media professionals working across a range of media outlets and platforms.

The inaugural speaker for the series is Penny Park, a veteran science journalist and current Executive Director of the Science Media Centre of Canada. She will give a talk entitled "Curiosity, Doubt, and Truth: What Journalism and Science have in Common and Why they Need Each Other" on Monday, November 19th from 4pm to 5:30pm in room AA 160 of the Arts & Administration Building.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Due to limited seating, we ask that all guests RSVP online at http://pennyparkutsc.eventbrite.ca/.

Abstract:

Oil sands, E. coli, H1N1, superstorm Sandy - increasingly journalists are called upon to cover stories with science at their core - stories that have major policy, economic and health implications. Yet most journalists have little scientific training or knowledge. Scientists in Canada are well respected, but often reticent to engage with the media. What can be done to bring these two groups together to improve evidence based discussions in our community and in our country?

Biography:

Penny Park joined the Science Media Centre in December 2009 after gaining extensive hands-on experience in radio and television science journalism in Canada. From 1980 to 1995 she worked as a producer and senior producer with “Quirks and Quarks,” the award-winning weekly science program on CBC radio. Since 1995, Park has been with the Discovery Channel, where she helped develop the show now called “Daily Planet". Originally from Montreal, she first earned a BA from the University of New Brunswick, studying linguistics,  followed by a B.Sc (honours) in biology from the University of Guelph, graduating there in 1980.

The ACM - Journalism Speaker Series at the University of Toronto Scarborough is generously supported by MBNA, Manulife Financial, and TD Insurance.




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