Who's a Science Journalist? Find Out in Doha This June

By Chris Mooney | April 5, 2011 3:02 pm

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be attending an amazing event in late June: the World Conference of Science Journalists’ annual conference, this time to be held in in Doha, Qatar. On June 28 I’m organizing the following plenary session:

Am I a Science Journalist?

In the evolving world of science communication, how do we define a science journalist? This panel will discuss whether the venerable word “journalist” can or should be applied to some, all, or none of the new generation of science bloggers and educators who are remaking the field.

  • Chris Mooney, Discover; Point of Inquiry (USA)
  • Bora Zivkovic, A Blog Around the Clock; Scientific American (USA)
  • Ed Yong, Not Exactly Rocket Science (UK)
  • Moheb Costandi, Neurophilosophy (UK)
  • Homayoun Kheyri, freelance; BBC World Service (Australia/Iran)
  • Cristine Russell, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing; Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (USA)

But of course this is just a tiny part of this historic conference–I believe it is the first time WCSJ has been held in the Arab world. The event will feature over 180 speakers from all over the world and 100 developing country journalists will be brought to Doha.

For many more details, and to see how you might attend, see here.


Comments (4)

  1. As a member of the WCSJ communications committee, I can assure readers this will be a terrific conference! Watch for more details leading up to and during the event around the web!

  2. I’m envious. Look forward to seeing your reports.

  3. Have fun! I hope you have a safe and happy trip to Doha. I look forward to your blog reports!


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About Chris Mooney

Chris is a science and political journalist and commentator and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Science--dubbed "a landmark in contemporary political reporting" by Salon.com and a "well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing's assault on science and scientists" by Scientific American--Storm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write "The Intersection" blog together for Discover blogs. For a longer bio and contact information, see here.


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