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Science Journalism Is Important to Understanding Emerging Technologies


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Amy Nordrum, a veteran science journalist, feels that fact-based science reporting helps an audience navigate through new technologies and new discoveries that will impact people’s daily lives.
Nordrum currently is news editor of “IEEE Spectrum,” an award-winning technology and engineering magazine based in New York City. She also is a frequent guest on Public Radio’s “Science Friday” with Ira Flatow talking about a wide-range of science topics.
Nordrum writes and edits news stories about computing, artificial intelligence, power and energy, biomedical engineering, and telecommunications.
Her favorite stories cover elements of business and technology and explain the importance of technology to the average person.
She says she really enjoys her guest appearances on Science Friday. She tells us how the appearances are scheduled and how she prepares for the show.
Over her journalism career, Nordrum has done a wide range of science reporting.
She has written about health care, biotech, and pharmaceuticals for the “International Business Times,” based in New York City before joining IEEE Spectrum.
Nordrum earned her master’s degree in science journalism from New York University and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.
She recently appeared at Ohio University to talk about ethics in science journalism.
Nordrum is currently completing an MBA with a focus on media management at New York University’s Stern School of Business.