From september until December, I will give a training course Science journalism and communication at the Radboud University. In the six workshops, I will show how crucial a key message is to organizing a story.
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In our training courses, participants often want to know how to start a blogsite. According to me, the best way to start is getting inspired by a great idea, or rather, by a strong drive to change a certain abuse.
One of the best examples of a research blogsite I have seen is the site/movie/blog/tweetaccount Theygotodie from epidemiologist Jonathan Smith, lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health (US). Smith investigates the epidemiology of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) among mine workers in South Africa. These diseases are preventable, but many miners still die from them.
What is the mission of a science journalist? Entertainment? Education? Guarding democracy? That depends on your client, according to science journalist Martin Angler, author of Science journalism, an introduction (2017). If you work for a glossy magazine or free online news medium, you will probably see yourself mainly as an entertainer or educator. Employed by a critical national newspaper, you will probably see yourself mainly as a watchdog.
Because I am a writer and not a speaker, I like to watch TED-talks. Science communicators need to watch and analyze as many good (TED) talks as possible to become a better speaker, and to get our message across. So what have excellent TED speakers in common? I come to three characteristics.
In my courses, I like to show good examples of science communication, because examples (best cases) can be very inspiring. Excellent work is being done by the group Your wild life a group of scientists, science communicators, students and citizens based at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Why?
Wat te doen aan de verpietering van het aardappelloof in Nederland, vanwege de waterschimmel fytoftera? Twee oplossingen zijn hiervoor, schreef ik vorige week in NRC Handelsblad. Eentje voor gangbare boeren en eentje voor biologische boeren.
De maisakkers in Groningen, de aardappelakkers in Flevoland, de raaygraslanden in Gelderland. Er ìs een alternatief voor deze monoculturen, zegt landbouwhoogleraar Pablo Titonnell in NRC van 29 juni. ‘Maak van Nederland een agro-ecologische proeftuin, met vele soorten op een akker, en je zult enorm veel kennis kunnen gaan exporteren.’