The World’s Science and Technology Initiative

July 15th, 2008 - August 8th, 2010 | PROJECT

This project builds the capacity of public radio's The World, a daily one hour global news broadcast to cover a broad spectrum of science and technology topics. The project would produce 6-8 broadcast features each month and two weekly science and technology podcasts. PRI in partnership with its primary partner, Sigma Xi will develop and implement The World's Virtual Science Cafe, an innovative content-rich Web 2.0 resource for the public to engage in week-long synchronous moderated online discussions, facilitated by independent science and technology experts. This convergence of audio content and online discussions will help the target audience of 25-44 year olds broaden their understanding of key global scientific and technological issues. The World is a collaboration between PRI, WGBH, and the BBC. Edumetrics, led by Dr. Arthur Johnson, will conduct the evaluation focusing on the audience impacts of an integrated broadcast and online participatory media platform.

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The World's Science and Technology Initiative

Team Members

Melinda Ward, Principal Investigator, Public Radio International


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0741751
Funding Amount: 2088857


Audience: Adults | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: General STEM | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Media and Technology | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media