Scientists' Institute for Public Information

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Scientists' Institute for Public Information formed in 1963.

In 1981 Walter Cronkite served as honorary chairman of the Institutes's newly launched Media Access Project. "The president of the institute, Alan McGowan, said that it had abandoned its earlier advocacy role. Through its Media Access Project and news briefings and research papers, the organization now concentrates on trying to give reporters accurate, balanced and comprehensive information on science and technology topics, he said. Reporters cited the institute's help two years ago in the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor failure, which institute officials said led to the decision to expand the free service for reporters. The project was financed by a $75,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and matching funds from a variety of other foundations and businesses." [1]

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  1. NYT INSTITUTE TO EXPAND PROGRAM FOR PRESS, organizational web page, accessed April 22, 2012.