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News Media, Public Education, Public Policy Committee report

New initiatives for the committee include focusing on how psychologists can affect the news media and how psychologists can message more effectively.

By Jerri Lynn Hogg

Launched in 2002, the News Media, Public Education, Public Policy Committee recognizes the importance of news reporting to benefit the public. Key initiatives of the committee include committee members participating in news interviews to inform the public about psychological issues, programing for APA conventions, and a recognition award for journalists who exemplify excellence in reporting of psychological information and research.

A symposium was organized for this year's APA convention programing (Orlando, 2012). The symposium, Psychologist’s Guide to Working With the Media, included committee members Pamela Rutledge who talked about navigating social media, Elizabeth Carll who discussed interviewing on television, Mary Alvord who spoke to communicating effectively with print media, Jerri Lynn Hogg who discussed utilizing radio, and Linda Berg-Cross who addressed cultural relevancy in interviewing.

Sadly, due to unforeseen circumstances the News Media Recognition Award was not awarded this year.

The News Media Committee currently has a project in process consisting of a series of interviews that focus on specific recommendations which will be helpful to psychologists who are interviewed by media.

Thinking ahead, new initiatives for the committee include focusing on how psychologists can affect the news media and how psychologists can message more effectively.

We would like to thank the members of the News Media, Public Education, Public Policy Committee for their ongoing work and participation. Committee members for 2012 include Jerri Lynn Hogg, chair; Elizabeth Carll, founder; Mary Alvord; Linda Berg Cross; Sharon Brennan; Helen Friedman; Pamela Rutledge; Paul Scheinberg; June Wilson; and Bernie Luskin.