45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology Call for Papers

The 45th Conference on Broadcast Meteorology, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society, returns to the Central U.S. to the BBQ capital! The conference will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, MO June 21-23, 2017, with a Short Course on June 20, 2017. This location will serve as both the conference meeting destination and the designated hotel accommodation, conveniently located about four miles south of Downtown Kansas City on the historic Country Club Plaza. The closest airport is Kansas City International (MCI) located about 18 miles north of the Intercontinental. Basic hotel and travel information is available on the AMS website (http://www.ametsoc.org).

As with every year, we encourage presentations that focus on recent weather events and weather phenomenon that are unique to our host region. As Broadcasters, we encourage broadcaster presentations, showcasing how science is communicated across the country. Student presentations are also welcome! Below are some suggested areas we hope to delve into during this year’s conference.

Tension remains between how weather events are communicated on a local broadcast scale versus the national weather headlines. How can local weather stories be better told (accurately and without undue sensationalism) at the network level? How can national news outlets better tap into the local knowledge of market broadcast meteorologists? What are wise ways to accurately inform reporters (both local and national) about the context of weather events? How can local competing stations prevent “first on, last off” viewership battles and cover local weather events in a balanced and appropriate manner to best serve the communities who depend on us?

As the way science is communicated continues to evolve with technology and social media platforms, we particularly encourage presentations related to social media. How do we regulate, filter and validate the dissemination of weather information across social media platforms? Can social media help lower warning false alarm rates by providing more spotter reports in real-time? With the whiplash-changing landscape of social media, how do broadcast meteorologists keep up with platforms, select the most beneficial ones, utilize them effectively and track analytics? Case-studies and examples of successful social media weather stories are encouraged.

National conversations about racism, ageism and sexism continue. Discrimination is also within broadcast television. How do we in broadcast appropriately identify cases of discrimination, and also encourage diverse and inclusive workplaces? How are employers meeting the legal needs and rights of new parents, both nursing mothers and new fathers? How can television stations better value meteorology experience, knowledge and wisdom? What are great examples of broadcast companies and local affiliates providing for and encouraging a healthful work balance in a 24/7 field? We welcome broadcaster’s stories and human resource presentations regarding these important national topics.

We also encourage presentations on companion fields of science, including connections with social science, climate science, oceanography, agriculture, astronomy and space weather.

More details on the conference program and the Short Course will appear on the AMSweb site by mid-March 2017.

The deadline for abstracts is February 21, 2017. An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is charged at the time of submission (refundable only if abstract is not accepted). The $95 abstract fee includes the submission of your abstract, the posting of your extended abstract, and the uploading and recording of your presentation that will be archived on the AMS website. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail mid-March 2017. Instructions for formatting abstracts are on the AMS webpage at https://ams.confex.com/ams. All abstracts and conference presentations will be made available on the AMS website.

The early registration deadline for the conference is May 10, 2017. Conference attendees may receive a special AMS group rate at the Intercontinental Hotel for the dates June 19-23, 2017. Our meeting will take place in this hotel, just downstairs from the lobby.

Weather and media vendors are encouraged to participate in the conference by purchasing AMS exhibit booth space to showcase their latest products and advancements. Exhibitors may also participate in the conference by presenting during the conference sessions.

If you have suggestions for or questions about the conference content please contact the 45th co-chairs Doug Heady (dheady@koamtv.com), AJ Fox (ajfox@ksee.com), Nate Johnson (nsj@wral.com), Bryan Busby (Bbusby@hearst.com), Matt Elwell (melwel@kbzk.com). 

For exhibitor questions, please contact Jennifer Rosen, Exhibits Manager (jrosen@ametsoc.org). For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Stephanie Armstrong, Director of Development (617-227-2426 ext. 3906) (armstrong@ametsoc.org). For all other questions, please contact Gillian Peguero (gpeguero@ametsoc.org).

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