This publication is part of the American Academy’s project on The Media in
Society. The project also produced two online publications—Media, Business,
and the Economy and The Future of News—that are available on
the Academy’s website. The Media in Society project was supported by a generous
grant from the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. We are grateful to the
Foundation for its support and to its director, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, for her
continued interest and advice.
The essays that appear in this volume were developed at a series of workshops organized
by the American Academy in Cambridge and in Washington, D.C.
The Academy thanks especially Donald Kennedy (Stanford University) and Geneva Overholser
(University of Southern California), cochairs of the working group on Science, Technology,
and the Media, for their guidance and for serving as the editors of this publication.
We are grateful also to all the authors and workshop participants, including: Alan
Alda (New York City); Robert Bazell (NBC News); Pablo Boczkowski (Northwestern University);
Rick E. Borchelt (U.S. Department of Agriculture); Thomas Cline (University of California,
Berkeley); K. C. Cole (University of Southern California); Cornelia Dean (formerly
The New York Times); Sean Eddy (Howard Hughes Medical Institute); Harvey
Fineberg (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies); Lynne T. Friedmann (Friedmann
Communications); Alfred Hermida (University of British Columbia Graduate School
of Journalism); Earle Holland (Ohio State University); Thomas Lovejoy (H. John Heinz
III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment); Jon D. Miller (Michigan
State University); Boyce Rensberger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology); Cristine
Russell (Council for the Advancement of Science Writing and Belfer Center for Science
and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School); Daniel Schrag (Harvard University);
Samuel Thier (Harvard Medical School); Harold Varmus (National Cancer Institute);
Dan Vergano (USA TODAY); John Noble Wilford (The New York Times);
and William A. Wulf (University of Virginia).
Thank you also to Academy staff Paul Karoff, Phyllis Bendell, Micah Buis, Erica
Dorpalen, and Scott Wilder in helping advance this work and for producing this publication.
Most of all, we express our gratitude to the contributors for bringing their knowledge
and insight to bear on these important and timely issues.
Chief Executive Officer and William T. Golden Chair
American Academy of Arts and