Panel of science, health journalists will discuss government transparency in webcast panel

A panel at the National Press Club this afternoon, which will be webcast, will look at government transparency when it comes to science news.

Six journalists, including AHCJ board member Felice Freyer, will take part. Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy have been invited.

The moderator is Seth Borenstein, science reporter for The Associated Press. The other speakers include Curtis Brainard, CJR’s science editor; Joseph Davis, Society of Environmental Journalists;  Darren Samuelsohn, Politico’s senior energy and environment reporter and Clothilde Le Coz, Reporters Without Borders.

The panel will be webcast at 3 p.m. ET.

From the event description:

Access Denied: Science News and Government Transparency

Has the Obama administration lived up to its promise to make science more transparent and accessible to the public? An investigation in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review finds that despite President Obama’s early promise to create an open government, the nation’s science reporters feel there has been little to no progress since the Bush administration.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public. It is cosponsored by the National Press Club, CJR, SEJ, and Reporters Without Borders. A cash-bar reception will follow.

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