ASCSA: Science in the media, an editors perspective (Podcast)

Event held at the Science Exchange, Adelaide

Monday 15 November 2010.

The Advertiser is an unusual daily paper in australia in having specialist reporters in science, environment and health.  Editor Melvin Mansell joined us at the November ASCSA event for a discussion on the quantity and quality of science reporting in Australia.

Why does an editor employ specialist reporters in these areas? What benefits do they bring to the paper? Does the addition of specialist reporters give a media outlet additional credibility, and how well do media outlets cover science without reporters with a science background?

Podcast available at

ASCSA event podcasts

We’ve been trying to collect podcasts of all the ASC events we’ve been having here in SA- if anyone would like to check them out they’re all up on the RiAus website at



Podcast from ASCSA event on evaluation

Hi ASCers,

While I’ve tried posting this to the ASC site I can’t see it there yet. I think I’m still trying to figure out how this list and the website work together. I know you can search mailing list posts on the ASC site, but they don’t get categorised like we’d want them to (eg all appears in ‘mailing list’ caterogy, but none of our posts appear under the ‘SA’ category). Am I supposed to submit events via this email list or on the ASC site? Do I have to do both? Advice appreciated.

The point of this email:

On Monday 19 July ASC SA branch held an event at the Science Exchange on evaluating science communication activities.

A podcast of the evening is now available at

Along with some references on evaluation:

RCUK: Beacons for public engagement: National STEM Centre: Best wishes