- Saturday, October 10th, 9:00 am to 10:15 am
- Hyatt Regency Cambridge, President's Ballroom
- Alexis Sobel FittsColumnist, Columbia Journalism Review
- James MarcusExecutive editor, Harper's
- Mark SchropeFreelance journalist; outreach consultant
- Ellen Ruppel ShellProfessor & co-director, Graduate Program in Science Journalism, Boston University
- Jamie ShreeveExecutive editor for science, National Geographic
- Lee SiegelSenior science writer, University of Utah
- Erik VanceFreelance journalist
- Pam WeintraubSenior editor, Aeon
- Robin Marantz HenigFreelance journalist; President, NASW
What does it mean to be an ethical journalist in 2015, when so many writers (staff, freelance, and PIOs) are juggling multiple types of assignments to make their careers work? How do we ensure integrity and standards in science writing?
This plenary session will start with two long-time freelancers squaring off, debate-style, on whether taking government or corporate assignments necessarily tarnishes a journalist's reputation. After comments from a roundtable of panelists, the audience will get involved using a real-time polling system and questions from the floor. Expect a lively, provocative, even feisty discussion of today's thorniest ethical quandaries.