Tonight: Grid's Publisher Talks Media

Tonight, the Academy of Natural Sciences with host an Urban Sustainability Forum featuring none other than Grid publisher Alex Mulcahy. The program has been dubbed, "Who will tell the people?: Science and Sustainability in the News." Other speakers include Chris Mooney, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and author of three books, including Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future an Beth McConnell, executive director of the Media and Democracy Coalition. Sandy Shea, editor of the Daily News' editorial page will moderate.

May 20 at the Academy of Natural Sciences (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), 6 - 6:30 p.m. reception; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. program

Scientists who study the environment and global warming warn us at every turn that dramatic changes are afoot. Why don't the headlines of media convey a sense of urgency? What is the best way to get the message of climate change to citizens? What obligations do the media have? What prevents them from telling the story?

The May Urban Sustainability Forum will take a look at how the media covers issues of science, how shrinking budgets and disappearing science desks are impacting coverage, and how niche media sources are filling a void in sharing vital information.