Event Title

Science News and Public Discourse: The GMO Debate

Presenter Information

Shadiyat Ajao, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

Journalists connect the general public to current events. It is through their writing that people educate themselves and use this information to form their own opinions. As writers, they are responsible for managing the boundaries between researchers, science communicators, and the public audience With respect to who writes science news, generalists have nudged specialists out of their sector in many major publications. This can lend itself to more talk of social implications instead of fostering technical understanding. With that being said, there is a distinct advantage to focusing on the context of science issues. It allows readers to relate the articles to their own lives and as a result, theyre more likely to read. The Pew Research Center found that there is a 51% gap between scientists who believe that GMOs are safe for consumption (88%) and members of the public (37%). The GMO debate is still very relevant and ongoing today with recent legislation battles over labeling and the value in labeling items as GMO free. This issue is based in science and people are forming their own opinions so I have decided to investigate how journalists wrote about GMOs in 2014. How does science news affect and influence public discourse surrounding the Genetically Modified Organism debate?

Faculty Sponsor

Jim Fleming

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Science, Technology and Society Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1162

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Science News and Public Discourse: The GMO Debate

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Journalists connect the general public to current events. It is through their writing that people educate themselves and use this information to form their own opinions. As writers, they are responsible for managing the boundaries between researchers, science communicators, and the public audience With respect to who writes science news, generalists have nudged specialists out of their sector in many major publications. This can lend itself to more talk of social implications instead of fostering technical understanding. With that being said, there is a distinct advantage to focusing on the context of science issues. It allows readers to relate the articles to their own lives and as a result, theyre more likely to read. The Pew Research Center found that there is a 51% gap between scientists who believe that GMOs are safe for consumption (88%) and members of the public (37%). The GMO debate is still very relevant and ongoing today with recent legislation battles over labeling and the value in labeling items as GMO free. This issue is based in science and people are forming their own opinions so I have decided to investigate how journalists wrote about GMOs in 2014. How does science news affect and influence public discourse surrounding the Genetically Modified Organism debate?

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/186