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January 2002 Issue
The Geographical Review
January 2002, Vol. 92 (1), pp. 63-72
WRITING FOR NONGEOGRAPHERS: Lessons from the J.B. Jackson Prize
Kenneth D. Madsen
Keywords: general public, J. B. Jackson, nonacademia, outreach, publishing, writing style.
Recent presidents of the
Association of American Geographers have made it clear that as a
discipline we need to do more to reach outside the confines of
academia. Since 1985, the J. B. Jackson Award has recognized
individuals whose books provide examples of how to share professional
geographical knowledge with the educated lay public. Through
correspondence with these individuals, recommendations for improving
geographers' outreach are presented.