Research in the media discussion with science journalists Sept. 28

Find out what research stories interest some of the country’s top media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and GeekWire, directly from the science journalists who write for them.

Faculty and graduate student researchers are invited to join WSU’s lead science writer Sara Zaske for a presentation and panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 28, from 1:30–2:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register for the event “Making Headlines: Promoting Research in the Media” to receive the Zoom link.

Zaske will first make a short presentation on how WSU researchers can work with university resources to promote studies, including options for research that might not fit the “big blast” of a formal press release.

Then, journalists Alan Boyle, Dawn Fallik, and Christie Taylor will join for a Q&A session about how they work, what they look for in a science story for general audiences, and the interview process.

The event is sponsored by the WSU Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships as part of the fall information series for researchers.

About the panelists:  

  • Alan Boyle is a science writer, space reporter, and contributing editor to GeekWire. Formerly of, he is the author of “The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference.”
  • Dawn Fallik, a science writer and University of Delaware journalism professor, covers medical issues for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and AARP magazine. She serves on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize and is the first journalism professor to receive an NSF grant.
  • Christie Taylor is a radio journalist who currently produces a science podcast for New Scientist magazine. She is also a former producer and interview host for WNYC’s Science Friday.
  • Sara Zaske is with the WSU News team and serves as the university system’s lead science writer. A former San Francisco Examiner staff reporter, she is the author of the research memoir “Achtung Baby,” and her freelance work includes articles in the New York Times,,, and Aeon.

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