One  of the LSA's webinars on professional development topics, Linguistics in the News: How to Own It! took place on Thursday, August 22 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time. See below for a recording of the webinar and copies of the panelists' handouts. 


View the participants' presentations.


View the LSA's Guide to Linguistics and the News Media.


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)


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