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Is science a red vs. blue issue? Fresno seminar to examine politics and journalism in science

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An estimated 1,000 people marched from Earth Day Fresno activities at Radio Park to Blackstone Avenue Saturday calling attention to the importance of science in today's political climate.
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An estimated 1,000 people marched from Earth Day Fresno activities at Radio Park to Blackstone Avenue Saturday calling attention to the importance of science in today's political climate.

Former Fresno Bee reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech on April 9 during a seminar on science journalism.

According to a university news release, the event hosted by Fresno State’s Institute for Media and Public Trust features science reporters and scientists discussing the challenges of covering science and environmental issues in a divided political culture. The seminar aims to address the public’s opinion of how journalists report science-related issues.

A 2017 Pew Research Center study found 40 percent of the public was critical of science journalism.

Blum’s keynote address will cover the topic of “Science Journalism in the age of Mistrust.” She will speak at 6 p.m. in the Peters Education Center Auditorium, located inside the university’s Student Recreation Center.

Blum, an author and also director of the Knight Science Journalism program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for a series called “The Monkey Wars,” which explored the ethics of research on primates. It was published in The Sacramento Bee.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is $4 in lots P3, P2 and P5.

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