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My interview with Maggie Koerth-Baker on CU Science Update

25 May 2011

Maggie Koerth-Baker on CU Science UpdateBack in April, science writer and Boing Boing editor Maggie Koerth-Baker was on the University of Colorado campus for the 63rd Conference on World Affairs, where she participated in a bunch of awesome panels—everything from disease pandemics to the formative influence of superheroes on geeky young minds. She also granted me an interview for CU Science Update, a video podcast from the School of Journalism. The full episode has finally been released and is hosted by my friend and colleague Beth Bartel.

I asked Maggie about her role as Boing Boing’s science editor, how science journalism is different from reporting on other subjects, and the opportunities the internet affords for journalists to work in exciting, non-traditional ways. The CWA took place right after the Japan earthquake, so we used coverage of the tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis as an example both of how science can be misrepresented by traditional media, and of how Maggie and the Boing Boing team are able to avoid some of those pitfalls.

Watch the video at the CU Science Update website (Episode 21 – Science Blogging) or by subscribing to the CUSU podcast feed in iTunes.

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