PART 3: USING THE MESSAGE BOX
Our Message Boxes will be much better if we can bounce them off a real live human. So, for this week, we’ll be pairing off with another class participant to practice using our Message Boxes. On the Google+ page for the class (look for it under the category of Week One), you’ll find a table where you can find other class participants to partner with. Try to find a partner who is not in your field. By Thursday, please connect on your own with your partner to do the following role-playing exercise. To get more practice with Google Hangouts, I would recommend you connect using that method.
In the exercise, the two partners will interview each other, taking turns in the roles of the Scientist and the Journalist. Each of the interviews should take on the order of five to ten minutes.
For this to work, obviously both partners will need to have completed their Message Boxes prior to the conversation. Don’t share your Message Box with your partner! Only tell him or her the general issue and the audience you are addressing. The Journalist should initiate the interview and say that he or she would like to write a story involving the Scientist’s issue. The Journalist should be sure to ask lots of questions, coming from the perspective of the audience being addressed. If the Journalist doesn’t think something the Scientists says makes sense (for the particular audience), he or she should immediately (but politely) speak up. Keep an eye out for jargon and double-meaning language.