Thursday, June 21, 2012

ISU Welcomes to Florida Tech Space Journalists for Media Panel

MELBOURNE, FLA—The International Space University (ISU) Space and Media Panel, June 26, from 8 to 10 p.m. at Florida Institute of Technology, will address space news reporting, including civility issues within the space community and the impact of such issues on public and space policy makers.

Panelists will also review the overall state of space and related news reporting from within the space community and in the general media. The public is welcome to attend. 

Joining in the panel discussion are experienced space journalists involved in print, television, multimedia and documentary film making. The panel includes:

Leonard David has been writing about global space activities for some 50 years. An award-winning journalist, he is’s Space Insider Columnist, a correspondent for Space News newspaper, and a contributing writer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace America magazine and other publications. 

Bobby Block has covered space news events for the Orlando Sentinel, as a journalist for Space X, and is now with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). 

Jim Lewis is from Communications Concepts Inc. of Cape Canaveral. Providing news coverage for numerous space events, he has also helped produce many major documentaries for television and the entertainment industry.

David Livingston, host of The Space Show radio program, is a commercial space professor and frequent conference speaker. He will moderate this discussion.

Irene Klotz is a Florida-based freelance journalist specializing in aerospace, astronomy and technology. She has covered the space program since 1987, first for the Florida Today newspaper and later for United Press International. She presently covers space for Reuters and is a regular contributor and senior writer for Discovery Channel News.

Audience participation is welcome as these space journalists go behind the headlines to understand and report on the important issues facing the space community.

The Space and Media panel is co-jointly organized with Florida Institute of Technology and NASA Kennedy Space Center. It will be held at Gleason Performing Arts Center, 150 W. University Blvd., Melbourne.

For more information, contact Karen Rhine at (321) 674-8964.