NPR Scicommers is a community of scientists and engineers that includes undergrads, graduate students, post docs and faculty interested in improving their science communication skills. There are more than 1600 NPR Scicommers across the United States.
The community is open to anyone actively engaged in science or engineering, no matter their training level. We're here to help scientists engineers, so we aren't taking public relations people for now. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
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Science correspondent Joe Palca and producer Maddie Sofia created the NPR Scicommers. Berly McCoy is the NPR Scicommers coordinator. All three of us got our start as Ph.D. scientists before moving on to NPR. Joe has traveled the country for decades talking about the importance of science communication. Maddie taught science communication at the University of Rochester while earning her Ph.D. Berly is a freelance science writer and media producer.
Programs we offer:
The NPR Scicommers team has begun several initiatives to help Scicommers become better connected with each other, develop science communication related skills and advise on career development.
Scicommers Writers Program:
This program allows scientists and engineers to practice pitching their ideas and also receive feedback on their writing and editing. Each Scicommer that produces content gets a final edit from an NPR reporter. After that, we help get the content in the hands of editors who may publish the work. More than 80 Scicommers have used this program to get published outside academia. Check out Matt Wilkins's piece in Scientific American or Hannah Thomasy's piece in NPR's The Salt.
The mentor chat series brings experts in to video chat with the NPR Scicommers. So far we have explored topics such as: freelance science writing, starting a diversity and inclusion group on academic campuses, science outreach, science podcasting, science outreach, and more. The chats are recorded, and are usually accompanied by resources following the chat.
We have created multiple Slack channels for NPR Scicommers to chat and share documents. Channels are denoted by a hashtag and their name.
NPR Scicommer map:
A layered google map features the location of events such as science cafes, places where scicomm is being taught and the location of our NPR Scicommers. This tool helps NPR Scicommers to reach out to each other and to share ideas and resources.
We're happy to work with many collaborators to help improve science communication worldwide. Email NPRScicommers@gmail.com to inquire.
Joe's Big Idea is generously funded by the Lemelson Foundation.
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