How Humans Make Sense of the World: a Q&A with Story Collider’s Liz Neeley and Erin Barker

Most of the ways people communicate, from research papers to news articles, are effectively forms of storytelling. But there’s a special power associated with spoken-word storytelling and listening to someone tell a story well. Continue reading “How Humans Make Sense of the World: a Q&A with Story Collider’s Liz Neeley and Erin Barker”

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Communicating Science in the Clickbait Era: Tips and Lessons From EurekAlert’s 2016 PIO Seminar

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Chanapa Tantibanchachai, a public information officer (PIO) at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Keep reading to learn what tips Tantibanchachai picked up at EurekAlert’s 2016 seminar for PIOs. Continue reading “Communicating Science in the Clickbait Era: Tips and Lessons From EurekAlert’s 2016 PIO Seminar”

What Scientists Want Out Of Online Engagement

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A recent article published in PLOS ONE looked at what scientists hope to achieve when engaging with the public online – via websites, blogs or social networks. The findings are interesting. Among other things, the study reports that scientists give the lowest priority to the communication objectives that may be most useful for actually engaging effectively with the public. Continue reading “What Scientists Want Out Of Online Engagement”

Science and Community Engagement: an Interview with Lou Woodley

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On Nov. 3, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced a new fellowship program focused on community engagement in the science community. This makes me curious. Continue reading “Science and Community Engagement: an Interview with Lou Woodley”

Science Communication Needs and Best Practice: What Would a Top Ten List Look Like?

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A new paper offers up a “top 10” list of science communication (scicomm) challenges and potential solutions – but also highlights the flaws in the list. I’m hoping it can be a starting point for a discussion that could help people address at least some of the scicomm problems they’re grappling with. Continue reading “Science Communication Needs and Best Practice: What Would a Top Ten List Look Like?”