Presentations from the Science Storytelling & the Contagion of Ideas Seminar are Available

February 26, 2015

Why do some science stories spread, while others are easily forgotten? How do you properly utilize storytelling techniques when writing science stories in order to gain mainstream attention? On February 4th, 2015, Oscar award-winner, filmmaker, and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns revealed new answers to age-old questions of the craft. Jamie McIntyre, a seasoned journalist with a career that spans four decades, also joined the session to reveal the challenges of reporting factual stories, when information can be easily taken out of context.

Watch Scott's Presentation: Contagious Science Storytelling

Audio ONLY of Scott's Presentation

Watch Jamie's Presentation: Do Facts Matter in Storytelling?

Audio ONLY of Jamie's Presentation

View Photos from the Seminar

Scott Z. Burns, is an Award-winning Producer/Screenwriter & mediaX Distinguished Visiting Scholar. His credits include: writer and producer of An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award-winning documentary, for which he received the Humanitas Prize and the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America. The original screenplay for Side Effects, a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Channing Tatum-which received the coveted Golden Tomato for 2013- directed by Steven Soderbergh (produced by Burns, Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura), and the original screenplay for Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh, starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law.

Jamie McIntyre’s journalism career spans four decades, and includes stints in radio, television, blogging, and consulting. After a six-year hiatus, he’s back to covering the Pentagon and national security as an Al Jazeera America correspondent, a beat he covered for 16 years as CNN’s Senior Pentagon and Military Affairs Correspondent from 1992-2008. Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Jamie could be heard daily delivering newscasts for NPR’s flagship news show “All Things Considered,” listened to by more than 20 million people a week. He also teaches multimedia journalism part-time as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, where he received his Master of Arts degree in Journalism in 2014. Known for his sense of humor, Jamie was named "D.C.'s Funniest Reporter" in 2010 at a charity stand-up comedy competition at the National Press Club.