Astronomers and the Public

Last night I went to a talk by Dr David Whitehouse, the BBC's Science Editor, at Goostrey village hall. Dr David Whitehouse did his PhD at Jodrell Bank - his thesis is sat on a shelf in the library - so he is an astronomer who turned to journalism. The fact that he was an astronomer shows in his reports on BBC News Online - he is much better at presenting correct science than the journalists who are forced to cover science stories. However it was interesting to see stories from the point of view of a journalist with the need to provide 'different angles', on stories, for their editors.

The talk was about science (mainly astronomy) in the media but very nearly went ahead without any slides. It seems that Powerpoint did its old trick of refusing to work and even caused his daughter's laptop (Win98) to have a fatal exception error and the blue screen of death. After several attempts to get it going I volunteered the use of my laptop which seemed able to cope with the 200MB file running from CD.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 17th Mar 2004 (11:32 UTC) | Permalink
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