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Introduction to Science Journalism (4 weeks)

January 18 @ 9:30 am 12:00 pm EST

Dates: Saturdays, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Jan. 18 – Feb. 8 (4 weeks)
GPS Credits: 4 credits

This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in the communication of science in the news media. Science journalists play a key role in the public understanding of science by reporting on the results and implications of scientific research. The guiding principles and basic techniques of science journalism will be explored through examples from print and broadcast media and through exercises in class. The focus will be on how science becomes news, where science journalists find their stories, how they conduct interviews and assemble information and then translate the complexities of current research into plain language for a mass audience. The course will consider the changing relationship between science and journalism in an online news environment driven by social media. Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their written work.