Science Communication

Aug
30
Beyond the Blame Game: Harvey’s Climate Coverage Shows Us How to Responsibly Respond to a Disaster

Beyond the Blame Game: Harvey’s Climate Coverage Shows Us How to Responsibly Respond to a Disaster

Climate scientists, science communicators and journalists have been doing a great job responding to Hurricane Harvey. This is the result
2 min read
Aug
07
Seven Guidelines for Making a Newsworthy Science Press Release

Seven Guidelines for Making a Newsworthy Science Press Release

Every once in a while, someone in media or communications will declare the press release is dead. But the truth
7 min read
Feb
02
The March for Science is an Amazing Opportunity, Let’s Embrace It

The March for Science is an Amazing Opportunity, Let’s Embrace It

The March for Science went viral last week and the scientific community is trying to figure out what it means.
5 min read
Jan
26
More and More Scientists are Ready for Political Action

More and More Scientists are Ready for Political Action

This is such an exciting time for science communication. In my ten years working in this field, I’ve never
2 min read
Jan
17
D’oh! How Science Communicators Can Responsibly Deal with Mistakes

D’oh! How Science Communicators Can Responsibly Deal with Mistakes

I’ve written before about what to do when a journalist gets something wrong. But what about when a researcher
5 min read
Sep
13
Why XKCD’s Earth Temperature Timeline is Such a Good Online Graphic

Why XKCD’s Earth Temperature Timeline is Such a Good Online Graphic

Randall Munroe of XKCD has produced another creative visual representation of climate data. I made a quick video walkthrough of
1 min read
Aug
11

Q+A from Water Quality Webinar: ​Using the Right Tools to Develop Effective Messages

Last month, I did a webinar with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council on how to develop effective messages in
5 min read
Jun
30
Developing Effective Messages in Science Communication

Developing Effective Messages in Science Communication

There are a lot of tips, methods, schools of thought and best practices for developing effective messages in science communication.
16 min read
Jun
09
There is No General Public: Starting with Audience for Stronger Science Communication Plans

There is No General Public: Starting with Audience for Stronger Science Communication Plans

When people say they want to reach the “general public,” I have to admit that I tend to grimace just
15 min read
May
13
Responding to Science News Coverage: From Corrections to Celebration

Responding to Science News Coverage: From Corrections to Celebration

This is part of a series on helping scientists effectively work with journalists. The first installment covers what scientists and
1 min read