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Linguistics and the News Media: An LSA Guide for Linguists
For many years, linguists have been concerned that we’re not a visible or vocal enough part of public conversations about language. We have sometimes struggled to disseminate linguistically informed perspectives on relevant social and political issues, explain the importance of linguistic research, and/or share our enthusiasm about language science with a general audience. One strategy for addressing these concerns is to engage with journalists and other members of the popular news media in communicating (a) fascinating aspects of the language people use in their everyday lives as well as of languages they have never gotten to encounter, and (b) ways that linguistics can help explain or illuminate language-related questions that arise in the news and elsewhere. This guide is intended to be a resource for linguists who wish to pursue a proactive approach to garnering press coverage for linguistics or who may be approached by a journalist for comment in advance of a news story.
Media_Guide_Final.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Talking About Linguistics: A Public Outreach Guide
In recent years, LSA members and their linguistic colleagues have become more active in efforts to engage the public in learning about linguistics and its broader value to society. Linguists are organizing and participating in public outreach activities at science festivals, museums, libraries, and through public-facing digital communications outlets.

This guide offers a compendium of best practices, sample materials, and links to external resources to assist linguists who are interested in getting more involved in public outreach activities. The LSA invites linguists to contribute additional content to enrich the resources included in this guide.
Taking Linguistics to the Public_0.pdf [DOWNLOAD]