To kick off the SJE summit, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Dan Fagin will give a public lecture on August 10 at 6 p.m. “Connecting Dots and Chasing Butterflies: Communicating Science in a Dark Time” will focus on the power of evidence-based storytelling in a world awash in distrust, tribalism, sensation-seeking and fake news. Fagin will also explain why he’s optimistic about the future of science communication, despite its current obstacles.
"Science journalism is facing many of the same economic and technological pressures as the broader journalism world, but we have an important advantage,” Fagin says.
“Our work, when we do it right, is rooted firmly in the scientific process, a meritocracy of fact and evidence.”
A professor of journalism at New York University and director of their Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, Fagin has written for The New York Times, Scientific American, Nature and Slate.
"The rising profile of issues like global climate change, genetic modification and pandemic disease has made science journalism more vital than ever. It's very encouraging to see so many institutions recognizing this importance,” Fagin adds.
“The Projected Futures program is another example of this. I'm looking forward to learning much more about it at Concordia, and to speaking with students and teachers from across Canada."