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A behind-the-scenes look at the changing world of journalism. Leading journalists discuss how the media is changing and what it means for communicating science to the public and policymakers. They will share their personal perspectives on how to get your stories told and what makes a good science story, and “do’s and don’ts” of dealing with journalists. This lively session will encourage Q and A. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Date: October 17, 2018
  • Location: 233 HUB-Robeson Center


David Malakoff

Science Magazine

David Malakoff is a Deputy News Editor specializing in coverage of science policy, energy and the environment. A native of Washington D.C., he has spent more than 25 years reporting on how scientists influence government policy, and how government policy shapes science. In addition to reporting for Science, he has worked as an editor and correspondent on NPR’s Science Desk, for Conservation Magazine, and as a freelancer for numerous outlets.

Angus Chen

Freelance (Scientific American, Science, NPR)

Angus Chen is a freelance reporter who covers science and health. He was formerly a reporter at National Public Radio, and his work continues to appear on air and online at NPR. He has also published work with Scientific American, Science,, FairWarning, WNYC Radio, Salon and more. In 2018, he was part of a team that won a White House News Photographers Association Award of Excellence for work published on

Amanda Paulson

Christian Science Monitor

Amanda Paulson has been a staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor for 17 years, where she currently covers environment, science, energy, and climate news from her home in Boulder, Colo. In the past, she has covered a wide variety of beats, including education, politics, immigration, and social issues, and she was the Monitor’s Midwest bureau chief, based in Chicago, from 2003 to 2011. In the 201ti-16 academic year, Amanda took a sabbatical from the Monitor to be a Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 1997, and she and her husband have two children and enjoy hiking, skiing, and traveling as much as they can.

Maddie Sofia

NPR Science Desk

Madeline Sofia is an associate producer on NPR's Science Desk. She is the host of the show Maddie About Science, which takes viewers behind the scenes with scientists, revealing their motivations and sharing their research—from insect mimics to space probes headed for the sun. The show is part of the special project Joe's Big Idea. The goal of Joe's Big Idea is to tell scientific stories that explore the minds and motivations of researchers, and highlight the scientific process. Joe's Big Idea is also involved in helping young scientists become better scientific communicators. These scientists are part of a world-wide group known as Friends of Joe's Big Idea, or FOJBIs. Madeline is in charge of connecting the FOJBI community and facilitating their growth as communicators. FOJBIs regularly volunteer at outreach events, hold science socials, and contribute to blogs. Before working at NPR, Madeline received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Rochester Medical Center. She studied Vibrio cholerae, a fascinating 4 billion-year-old, single-celled organism that's evolved to outsmart the human immune system — and cause cholerae.


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