The Naitonal Academy of Sciences is hosting a webinar on Decmeber 9-10, focused on the barriers to better communication between the life sciences community and the public. Among the topics on the table will be the role of public affairs officers in the communication process, which scheduled speaker Kathryn Foxhall will address.
Foxhall, a freelance journalist, says she will be speaking on what she calls "PR office censorship, the restrictions that block reporters from speaking to anyone in agencies or organizations unless the reporters are under the surveillance of public affairs offices. And all the manipulation and blockages that ensue."
She was part of a panel at the National Press Club on August 12 that tackled the issue of public affairs officers and the increasingly tightening media policies faced by reporters. The written presentations by the panelists have been collected on a website, and C-SPAN covered the discussion. The discussion grew out of efforts by a group called Stop The New American Censorship, which we have highlighted previously. They maintain a website where reporters can post their experiences dealing with public affairs officers.
Foxhall encourages journalists to submit instances where they feel their reporting efforts were thwarted by public affairs officers in goverment of private business.
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