The “Expert working group on science and the media” set up by DIISR as part of their Inspiring Australia initiative has produced a draft summary report for discussion and feedback. You’ll find the draft report on the Inspiring Australia website http://www.innovation.gov.au/Science/InspiringAustralia/Pages/Inspiring Australia.aspx> including details about the composition of the working group and their terms of reference.
Your thoughts and ideas regarding the review and recommendations proposed in the draft are welcome – please send feedback directly to me by 21 January. A longer final report will be produced within the next two months.
As part of the review process we are also running a survey of science journalists working for mainstream media, which will be completed on 21 January. Please let me know if you are a working science (or environment, health, technology) reporter and have not heard about the survey. For those who have been science journalists but no longer work for mainstream media outlets, we are planning to design a specific survey for you. The aim of the surveys is to monitor trends in science reporting in Australia.
Dr Susannah Eliott
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
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