Aims/Description: This module is an introduction to science communication and the science media. Through hands-on workshops and teamwork, you will encounter the practices, themes and issues surrounding science communication; addressing questions like 'why should scientists engage with the public?', 'what are the opportunities and difficulties associated with dealing with the media?' and 'how does science journalism work?'. The centrepiece of the module is a half-day session at a radio studio. Here, you will produce and present your own science radio programme as if live on air. The broadcast exercises will give first hand insights into how the science media works, allowing you to reflect on the experience of being both the subject and producer of media content. We will also discuss the written media and the wider issues associated with engaging with the public.

Staff Contact: BROWN SHARON
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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