Category Archives: Blog Marianne Heselmans

Blog Marianne Heselmans

Blogging to change a malpractice

One of the questions during my workshops Science communication is: How to start a blog? According to me, one of the best ways to start a blog is getting inspired by a great idea, or rather, by a strong drive to change a certain abuse. And one of the best examples I have seen is the site/movie/blog/tweetaccount Theygotodie from epidemiologist  Jonathan Smith, lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health (US).

Aanrader voor wetenschapsjournalisten: Science journalism, an introduction

Wat is de missie van een wetenschapsjournalist? Entertainment? Educatie? Het bewaken van de democratie? Volgens wetenschapsjournalist Martin Angler, auteur van Science journalism, an introduction (2017), hangt het er vanaf. Werk je voor een glossy magazine of gratis online nieuwsmedium, dan zie je jezelf waarschijnlijk vooral als entertainer of educator. In dienst van een kritische landelijke krant,  zie je jezelf waarschijnlijk vooral als watchdog. Met Science journalism, an introduction is er nu ook in het Engelstalige vakgebied een goed leerboek verschenen voor wetenschapsjournalisten.

Communicating citizen science: ‘Your wildlife’

In our workshops, we are used to show really good examples of science communication, in fields related to that of the attendants. One of my examples is the website, citizen science and organisation of Your wild life, a group of biologists, science communicators, students and citizens based at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh.  Why is this excellent, in our eyes?

Book ‘Regenesis’: Science marketing or Science journalism?

The 30-year old Dutch Association for Science Journalists (VWN) has recently changed its name in ‘Dutch Association for Science Journalism and Science Communication’. A good decision. Most members, including me, are science journalists, but earn their money mainly with communication. But actually the term communication is rather vague. ‘Communication’ conceals it is often marketing: well-written stories increase the chances to catch up new research funds. Nothing wrong with that, but shouldn’t we call ourselves science marketers instead of science communicators?  We are always advocating for plain language.