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Focus of Study
This course is aimed at scientists who wish to develop their skills to communicate complex scientific ideas to non-specialist audiences.
There is a strong emphasis on writing skills, but you’ll have the opportunity to use a variety of different media: making videos and podcasts, exploring new online technologies and social media, or developing interactive installations for a science festival.
You’ll produce of a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability to communicate science coherently and compellingly to a range of audiences. Workshop exercises will be conducted in a replica newsroom and through of covering real-life news events.
Throughout the course, there will be regular seminars and masterclasses with professional communicators, such as filmmakers, TV producers and scientists with proven track records in this area.
Towards the end of your course, you’ll complete a piece of independent work, which will form the basis of a dissertation and can be done as part of a work-placement.
Please bear in mind that the course does not teach journalism, although many of the skills the you will learn are similar to those that journalists use.