Scientific American, Sexism, and a Quick Update


Okay, so I know the blog has been quiet for a week, but I wanted you all to know why. (Breaking the 4th wall – I’ll try to make up for the shortcomings with a few extra posts over the coming week.)

So over the summer I was an intern at Scientific American magazine, and if you follow any science journalism, you’ve heard about the controversy surrounding their temporary removal of a blog post and the somewhat unrelated resignation of their legendary Blogs Editor Bora Zivkovic.¬†Two pretty bad events that were handled very appropriately by the Scientific American staff.

On the other hand, I’m pretty upset about how the internet is handling it. There’s a lot of rhetoric, insults and general misunderstanding about the whole thing, so I blogged super hard about it for my Health and Science Reporting class. Please give this piece a read and share it. I highlight and address the parties responsible for spreading some damaging (and illogical) perspectives.

I know the work is only a logical drop in a rhetoric ocean, but it needed to be said. Here’s to hoping our nation’s most esteemed science magazine earns back some of it’s much-deserved respect.

On another note, this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Martin Hall I’ll be speaking on a panel about finding, nailing and succeeding at high-level media internships. You should come and hang out, it’s gonna be a great time.

Also this Saturday I’ll be speaking at the School of Journalism’s Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. You should also come to that and learn more about the School of Journalism, especially if you’re a prospective student.

Other than that, look forward to posts this week about magazine branding and the New Vocabulary of Magazines. Next week I’m trying to get the coolest Q&A ever with a high-level magazine design director – it’s a secret who it is!