The purpose of this masters level curriculum is to give students sufficient knowledge and competence that they can work as science journalists whose special focus is to provide information about, critical examination of, and comment on research and the results of research within various scientific disciplines.

The program is broken up into four semesters and includes expert exercises in practical journalism, through writing newspaper articles, radio and TV-productions as well as analyses of successful and less successful science journalism. There is a course in the history of ideas in science and science journalism, a course in the philosophy of science as well as a course in the two different professional "worlds" of journalism and the scientific researcher and the, not always unproblematic, meeting between those two "worlds". Source evaluation, ethics and the professional role are obvious elements in the program as well as information gathering and electronic information retrieval.

Comprehension is a central concept in the program and is focused on during the evaluation of the students independent work as well as during the discussion of cases chosen from science journalism of today. The training also includes how to make reception studies with interviews or small questionnaires given to readers, listeners or viewers in order to grasp the perception and information gain of the audience.

 

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UMEA school of science journalism
A two years multidisciplinary program for students of humanity, medical, natural and social science

Olle Findahl   Umea University

The purpose of this masters level curriculum is to give students sufficient knowledge and competence that they can work as science journalists whose special focus is to provide information about, critical examination of, and comment on research and the results of research within various scientific disciplines.

The program is broken up into four semesters and includes expert exercises in practical journalism, through writing newspaper articles, radio and TV-productions as well as analyses of successful and less successful science journalism. There is a course in the history of ideas in science and science journalism, a course in the philosophy of science as well as a course in the two different professional "worlds" of journalism and the scientific researcher and the, not always unproblematic, meeting between those two "worlds". Source evaluation, ethics and the professional role are obvious elements in the program as well as information gathering and electronic information retrieval.

Comprehension is a central concept in the program and is focused on during the evaluation of the students independent work as well as during the discussion of cases chosen from science journalism of today. The training also includes how to make reception studies with interviews or small questionnaires given to readers, listeners or viewers in order to grasp the perception and information gain of the audience.

 

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