Nobody cracks open a textbook after high school or college—so how to people learn about complex subjects like science, technology, health, and the environment and get the information they need to be smart consumers and intelligent voters?
Much of that information is delivered by journalists and media organizations—increasingly, these days, in the face of a gale of misinformation and doubt. Which is why Knight Science Journalism at MIT is fortunate to be embedded within an academic department (the Program in Science, Technology and Society) and a school (MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences where faculty and administrators understand that challenge, and believe in supporting the professionals who undertake it.
Since December, SHASS news writer Daniel Pritchard has been talking with the 2014-15 Knight Science Journalism Fellows about how and why they do their work, and what they’re learning during their two terms at MIT. Today the finished interviews were published on the SHASS news site.
As acting director of the Knight program this year, I’ve obviously gotten to know this year’s brilliant crop of Knight Felllows very …