Welcome to the #Twistance

Following up our feature on the Twitterstorm kicked up by Badlands National Park, the hashtag that sums up the week’s viral storm combines Twitter and Resistance in the colorful #Twistance Kudos @StollmeyerEU for the helpful Twistance list curating ‘rogue’ federal science agencies. She’s Twistance 2 with other rogue departments. Those launching the rogue sites share a mission of sharing …

Vote Now for #Macqwoty

Graphic: Macquarie Dictionary My favorite #woty (word of the year) is #macqwoty, hosted by Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary. Each year they announce a public game in January to choose the best word of the previous year. 2016 is the year of the Freecycle, Norman door, Blockchain, Post-Truth, Fake News, Driverless Car and mmmmm… bush carrots, must be Youlk! …

Journalism

Photo: Ron Mader, Newspaper Bike Journalism = Investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends to a group of people formerly called the audience. Wiki Journalism Planeta.com Open Journalism Journalism Notebook Journalism Notebook from ron mader Artwork / Cue Yourself

Comments

We encourage and respect good comments — observations and questions that push the conversation forward. We also moderate comments. There’s a heck of a lot of spam out there trying to get attention. We sort that out. We also neglect to approve comments that do not show that the feature has been read. We’re not …

Praise

Planeta has received numerous kudos and awards. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ECOCLUB – Significantly advanced the cause of ecotourism Outside – Virtual vanguard GORP – Ron Mader has a vision of smaller, environmentally friendly, genuinely engaging programs that directly benefit local communities. Call it ecotourism. GORP calls it a lot more fun and interesting. TOTEM …

Reflections on Awards

Here’s the bottom line – Awards offer a great incentive which encourages good practices and helps develop communication about critical topics. That said, awards can be manipulated or simply developed in a way that does not promote in depth dialogue. Regrettably, there have been few surveys of awards. RECOMMENDATIONS We like to see awards that …

How to host a press trip

Fact is that most press trips are costly and ineffective ventures that leave locals and reporters wanting. This guide reviews some tips on making press trips more effective. Be creative and be generous. Here are some ideas of connecting individual journalists or groups and locals. Create opportunities for face-to-face engagement and virtual conversations using the …

The Value of Communication = El Valor de la Comunicación

Image: Lila, Lucia, Lucia, Lila Communication = Exchange of information and thoughts Also see: communication nerds = enthusiasts and superfans of communication Wiki The Value of Communication Many people are aware that improving communication is a worthy objective, yet they are stymied by how to put practice into action. The value of communication is based …