Media representation of Indigenous peoples: an interview with SciDev.Net

Media representation of Indigenous peoples: an interview with SciDev.Net

In a recent interview I did with SciDev.Net, I argue reciprocity and respect should define the relationship between journalists when working with Indigenous communities throughout the world. Have a listen!

Thanks to Kaz Janowski for asking some thoughtful questions. I met him during the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, where I was speaking on a panel called “Science Coverage of Indigenous People.”

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Panel on Indigenous Communities and Science Journalists at WCSJ 2013 in Helsinki

To the left of me in the photo is David Dickson (wearing the blue shirt), the moderator of our panel. It was a pleasure to meet David, the founding director of SciDev.Net. As we prepared for the panel, I enjoyed discussing (and debating) with him intersections between Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and science.

Sadly, not long after the Conference, David passed away suddenly.

As T.V. Padma of SciDev noted in David’s obituary, David recognized “global science journalism — and its priorities and perspectives — tend to be heavily dominated and influenced by reporters based primarily in the West.” David took concrete steps to change that. He was a visionary and a gentleman, and he’ll be missed.