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What Makes an Astronomy Story Newsworthy?

Former AAS Press Officer Steve Maran once said, “News is what reporters want to cover, not necessarily what organizations, agencies, and institutions want to publicize.” In other words newsworthiness, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder—or, in this case, the journalist. So what do journalists consider to be important? In Science and Journalists—Reporting Science as News (Free Press, 1986), Sharon M.

Sending Press Releases to the AAS for Forwarding to the AAS Press List

The AAS emails to approximately 2,000 accredited reporters and institutional public-information officers press releases on astronomy and space science from universities, observatories, government agencies, and scientific societies. There is no charge for this forwarding service. Press releases must come from an authorized press officer or from the director or department chair of the issuing organization. That person, or another press officer at the issuing organization, must be included as a contact on the press release, with name, phone number, and email address.

Blogs, Tweets, and News Reports from AAS 217 in Seattle, WA

Interested in staying on top of what's happening at the 217th AAS meeting in Seattle, Washington, 9-13 January 2011? This is the place to start! Just follow the links below to view blog postings, tweets, and news articles from/about the meeting. (Note to bloggers and journalists: If you're covering the meeting and don't see your link here, please send it to AAS Press Officer Dr. Rick Fienberg.)

Archived AAS Press Conference Webcasts

Honolulu to Host Largest Astronomy Meeting Ever in 2015

The world’s largest meeting of professional astronomers is coming to the Hawaii Convention Center in 2015. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) will hold its triennial General Assembly August 3-14, 2015, in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. A vote at this year’s General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, selected Hawaii as the location of the 2015 meeting against very strong competition from two other sites.


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