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 Improving Communication of Oil Spill Research
 Science Seminar for Journalists
 Annual Public Lecture Series
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 Public Speaking Events
 National Park Service Media Workshop
 Science Communication and the News Media Workshops
 Science Seminars for News Editors
  Environment Beyond Politics (2004)
  Science Beyond Politics (2003)

Science and the Media:
Communicating Natural Resource Issues to the Press
A Media Communication Workshop for National Park Service Staff
October 17-19, 2005

Sponsored by Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting

AGENDA

All workshop activities took place in the Coastal Institute building at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Narragansett Bay Campus, 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Dinner and Remarks
Norey's (156 Broadway, Newport, RI)

Metcalf Welcome and Introductions
Jackleen de La Harpe, Metcalf Institute

Program Introduction: Why We Should Try to Get Beyond the Bites
Peter Dratch, Ph.D., Biological Resources Management Division

Welcome to National Park Service Participants
Michael Soukup, Ph.D., Natural Resource Stewardship & Science



Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Public Lecture
Smoke and Haze on the Science Beat
Charles Petit, U.S. News & World Report

Presentation
Why Scientists Can't Speak English, Why Journalists Can't Get it Right
Chip Young, Coastal Institute, moderator; Charles Petit, U.S. News & World Report; Robert Vanderslice, Ph.D., RI Department of Health

CASE STUDY SESSION 1
Incremental Science: How to Approach Lackluster News Stories
Facilitators: John Pantalone, URI Journalism; Charles Petit, U.S. News & World Report

Seminar
Speed Newswriting Clinic
John Pantalone, URI Journalism

Case Study Presentations and Exercises

Session 1, Case Study I
Shoreline Erosion at Fire Island National Seashore
Mary Foley, Northeast Regional Office

Session 1, Case Study II
Air Quality and Ecosystem Health
Christine Shaver, NRPC Air Resources Division

Session 1, Case Study III
"Scorched Earth": Addressing Fire Management When The Public Perception is Death and Destruction
Roberta D'Amico, Fire Management

Telnet Presentation
Presentation of Draft NPS Management Policies
Fran P. Mainella, Director, National Park Service

Panel
Talking to Reporters: Tools of the Trade
Chip Young, Coastal Institute; Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal; Robert Vanderslice, Ph.D., R.I. Department of Health

CASE STUDY SESSION 2
Facts and Politics: Managing Political and Breaking News
Facilitators: Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal; Robert Vanderslice, Ph.D., R.I. Department of Health

Seminar
Covering Complex News: War Stories From a News Veteran
Peter B. Lord, The Providence Journal

Case Study Presentations and Exercises
Session 2, Case Study I
Science and Creationism: Dealing with Conflicting Beliefs and Values
David Shaver, NRPC Geological Resources Division

Session 2, Case Study II
How Would a Changed ESA Affect the National Park Service?
Peter Dratch, Ph.D., NRPC Biological Resources Management Division

Session 2, Case Study III
Climate Change and the National Parks
Katherine Jope, Pacific West Regional Office

Video Presentation
"Invaders of the National Parks"
Mike Whatley, NRPC Office of Education and Outreach



Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Public Lecture
National Parks and Science: Convergence in the Twenty-First Century
Michael Soukup, Ph.D., Natural Resource Stewardship & Science

Seminar
Realities of the Newsroom: How Editorial Decisions Are Made
Jean Plunkett, The Providence Journal

CASE STUDY SESSION 3
Stories the National Park Service Wants to Convey to the Public
Facilitators: Jean Plunkett, The Providence Journal; Andy Burkhardt, The Providence Journal

Case Study Presentations and Exercises
Session 3, Case Study I
Lessons from Lupines
David Manski, Acadia National Park

Session 3, Case Study II
Managing for Quality Visitor Experiences at Acadia National Park
David Manski


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