Many journalists, communicators, educators, are engaged in Media Skills courses for scientists. The courses offered vary wildly. They range between seminars no longer than a couple of hours to few days long workshops. Some of the courses focus on meeting with video reporters, others prefer to focus on writing techniques. Some courses are designed for senior academic staff, others are directed to early career scientists, that is to say publics with different pressures, needs, and expectations.

To date media skill teachers need to develop their own concepts, produce their own supporting materials and exercises. They often develop exercises based on their own experience or adapting practice from other, similar, courses (ie creative writing courses). Currently, we have no demographic for such courses and involved trainers. We do not know how many of us are involved in this activity, nor with what degree of success, or satisfaction (on both the trainers and the trainees sides).

Journalists, communicators, educators, involved in such activities, along with those who could be interested in developing and promoting these courses, are invited to join this discussion. They are invited to actively participate, presenting their preferred exercises, exposing the obstacles they find in giving the courses, the obstacles found in promoting the courses, the feedback from attendees and institutions. The major goal of the session is that of sharing a set of exercises that have been proved to be successful in teaching scientists to improve dialogue with the media.With a subsequent goal to build an exercise-kit that could be distribute to media skills teachers - the best recipe for a media skill course.

">
 [PCST]
PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology

 

Looking for a media skill course recipe?

Jacopo Pasotti   Promedia. Meltingerstrasse, Switzerland

Many journalists, communicators, educators, are engaged in Media Skills courses for scientists. The courses offered vary wildly. They range between seminars no longer than a couple of hours to few days long workshops. Some of the courses focus on meeting with video reporters, others prefer to focus on writing techniques. Some courses are designed for senior academic staff, others are directed to early career scientists, that is to say publics with different pressures, needs, and expectations.

To date media skill teachers need to develop their own concepts, produce their own supporting materials and exercises. They often develop exercises based on their own experience or adapting practice from other, similar, courses (ie creative writing courses). Currently, we have no demographic for such courses and involved trainers. We do not know how many of us are involved in this activity, nor with what degree of success, or satisfaction (on both the trainers and the trainees sides).

Journalists, communicators, educators, involved in such activities, along with those who could be interested in developing and promoting these courses, are invited to join this discussion. They are invited to actively participate, presenting their preferred exercises, exposing the obstacles they find in giving the courses, the obstacles found in promoting the courses, the feedback from attendees and institutions. The major goal of the session is that of sharing a set of exercises that have been proved to be successful in teaching scientists to improve dialogue with the media.With a subsequent goal to build an exercise-kit that could be distribute to media skills teachers - the best recipe for a media skill course.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

BACK TO TOP