With its beginning in 2007, the Miller-McCune-Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy was founded by Sara Miller McCune to provide the tools and outlet to properly disseminate research-based knowledge to influential audiences. Today, using journalism, internships, and direct outreach to the scholarly community the Center’s goal is to tap into existing social and behavioral research to inform and influence public policy. To that end, the Center supports the following programs:
Science and the Media Partnerships
In an effort to help active researchers share their work with broader audiences in the public and policy arenas, the Center partners with organizations such as COMPASS and the Heinz Center’s Institute for Science Communication & Policy Development, as well as two Stanford University-based initiatives, the Aldo Leonard Leadership Program and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, to bring media resources, content, and expertise to private and public events.
For a calendar of upcoming workshops the center is involved in, click here.
Pacific Standard magazine and PSmag.com
True to the mission of the Miller-McCune Center, Miller-McCune magazine launched in 2008, and in 2012, became available at retail and airport newsstands under its new name, Pacific Standard. This award-winning bimonthly magazine and companion website, PSmag.com, reaches more than 500,000 readers each month with evocative research-based articles featuring the best of the social sciences. From the brain to the ballot box, from Facebook to foreign affairs, Pacific Standard tackles the world’s biggest social, political, and cultural issues by exploring why we do what we do.
Science Journalism Fellowships
The Center offers hands-on internships and fellowships to talented and eager journalism and policy students from around the world at its base in Santa Barbara, California. Fourteen people have come through the program since its inception in 2008.
Coming Soon: Pacific Standard Live!
In 2014, Pacific Standard will launch a series of public events with journalists, policy experts, and social scientists to present some of our biggest stories and examine why finding solutions will take more than intellectual energy and policies to move the dial. Sign up for our newsletter at PSmag.com to find out more.
Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative/Mission & State
In our hometown of Santa Barbara, California, the Miller-McCune Center is the fiscal sponsor of the Santa Barbara Journalism Initiative, a nonprofit journalism project created in 2012 and supported by a Knight Foundation grant matched by several local foundations. The initiative’s news website, Mission & State, launched in June 2013.