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Webinar: Being a Linguist on Social Media
This 75-minute webinar provides a brief introduction to social media, with a particular focus on Linguist Twitter. Attendees will come away with an overview of some of the benefits and pitfalls of social media, as well as pointers for social media etiquette. We discuss how social media can benefit your research, teaching, networking, and community building.

Webinar: Linguistics in the News How to Own It!
Are you frustrated by the lack of informed coverage about linguistics by the popular news media? Are you curious about how to garner greater interest by the news media in reporting on your research? Then this webinar is for you! Learn from a panel of experts across the career span about how to begin (or enhance) your media relations work. The webinar will cover topics such as:

Determining the most newsworthy aspects of your research
Translating your research for a journalistic audience
Best practices for conducting interviews with the news media
Working with the public affairs office at your home institution
Participating in the LSA’s media relations program

Featured Panelists:

Anne Curzan (University of Michigan), Co-Host, That's What They Say (Michigan Radio)
Michelle McSweeney, Host of Subtext
Daniel Midgley (University of Western Australia), Presenter, Talk the Talk
Geoff Nunberg (University of California, Berkeley), Commentator, Fresh Air (National Public Radio)

Moderator:

John McWhorter (Columbia University), Chair, LSA Public Relations Committee


Webinar: Linguistics in the Public Sphere: an Advocacy
The intersection between linguistics and public policy is manifold. There are at least three corners of the intersection: 1) government funding for linguistics research; 2) public policies that are informed (or should be) by the findings of linguistics research; 3) public policies that affect the context in which linguistics operates as a discipline. This webinar provides a basic overview of all three “corners” and also includes practical guidance on the most effective strategies for influencing public policy in today’s political environment.

This webinar will be of interest to linguistics scholars, students, and enthusiasts who may be looking to engage in advocacy for the first time or seasoned advocates interested in hearing about the latest strategies for effectively talking about research to policy makers.