Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public
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Am I Making Myself Clear?: A Scientist's Guide to Talking to the Public

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What we don t know can hurt us and does so every day. Climate change, health care policy, weapons of mass destruction, an aging infrastructure, stem cell research, endangered species, space exploration all affect our lives as citizens and human beings in practical and profound ways. But unless we understand the science behind these issues, we cannot make reasonable decisio...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Harvard University Press (first published 2009)
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A Concise Guide on the Art of Public Communication for Scientists and Journalists

Scientists must learn to become better communicators, argues former New York Times science editor Cornelia Dean in her surprisingly terse, but most lucid, “am I making myself clear? A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public”. However, unlike several recently published books on this very subject, Dean not only extols scientists to become better communicators, but she also demonstrates how, giving pointers on every...more
Evan Snyder
I jumped around through this book - it was interesting for me to peruse through a bit, but not working in journalism nor being a scientist courted by journalists, it went into far more depth than relevant to me. However, it did provide some ideas that I will keep in mind when considering science PR and I would recommend science writers and frequently interviewed scientists read this book or something like it to help foster a mutual understanding between the two parties and help each get what the...more
Besides the multiple mentions of the NY Times that funded the writer, the book does show what journalists wants to hear from a scientist. Unfortunately all the points the author makes could have been made in a couple of chapters. It definitely won't appeal to a scientist with standard training and no intermediate exposure to speaking to the general pubic and this. There are better books on this topic.
This book provides straight-forward advice for scientists and engineers to communicate their research in a way for the general public to understand, which is important given how much policy should and must be based on science and technology but is based on social opinion instead. I think I just summed up the summary on the book cover... no false advertising here.
This is quite a good handbook for, guess what, scientists who need or want to talk to the general public in any number of ways. I found it very informative and will most likely refer to it if I ever end up in that situation.
Not too surprising and/or exciting, but full of straightforward advice.
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