CJR Event: Science News and Government Transparency

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Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public? An investigation in the current issue of the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) finds that despite President Obama’s early promise to create an open government, the nation’s science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since the Bush administration.

Today, Monday Oct. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., the National Press Club (529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C) will host a panel of journalists and invited administration officials to critique what journalists and the government are (or aren’t) doing to change that. The event is free and open to the public.

For those outside the Beltway, the panel will be livestreamed here.

Seth Borenstein, national science reporter for The Associated Press, will be the moderator, and questions for the panel can be sent via Twitter to @sejopen.

Speakers include:

Curtis Brainard, CJR science editor

Joseph Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)

Felice Freyer, Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

Nancy Shute, National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

Darren Samuelsohn, Politico’s senior energy and environment reporter

Clothilde Le Coz, Reporters Without Borders

Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have been invited.

The panel discussion is cosponsored by the National Press Club, CJR, SEJ, and Reporters Without Borders. A reception will follow.

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Curtis Brainard writes on science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard. Tags: , , , ,