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Kenneth Chang

Changing Climates Speaker Series


Nov. 21, 2013 | 6 p.m.
2452 Knauss Hall
“News Judgment vs. Opinion: Do I Have an Agenda When I Write about Global Warming?”

Kenneth Chang has been a science reporter at The New York Times since 2000. He was once a graduate student in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before switching careers to writing about science instead of doing science. After obtaining a science writing degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, he has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. and

There are two enduring, and contradictory, criticisms of how mainstream media like The New York Times approach hot button issues like climate change. One is that the articles are thinly veiled polemics pushing preordained political views. The other is that reporters offer up mindless “balance” – giving opposing sides equal time and space even if one side is obviously more correct.

The actual goals of what can be conveyed in the space of a newspaper article -- usually a few hundred words -- are narrow in scope and ambitious in spirit: an accurate representation of the prevailing science and views.

Co-sponsors: Center for the Study of Ethics in Society; College of Arts and Sciences; Departments of Anthropology, History, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science and Sociology; School of Communication; Lee Honors College; Office of the Provost; Office for Sustainability