This Assignment section summarizes the things to do for this week (you’ll still need to read through the previous sections for this week in order for this summary to make sense).
- On the class Google+ community page, sign for a group Hangout with one of the class instructors. All of the Hangouts will take place in the latter half of the week.
- Schedule a Hangout with a partner from the class to practice using your Message Boxes. You can find the spreadsheet used to find partners under Week 2 Instructions in the Google+ community page for the class.
- Read the provided chapter from Escape from the Ivory Tower, by Nancy Baron. You can find the link for it in the Google+ Community under Week 2 Instructions.
- Read the Physics Today article on science communication.
- Prepare 2 Message Boxes, each will have different discussion points because they are targeted at different groups:
- The first one aimed at a journalist writing for the audience you identified in Week One.
- The second one aimed at a local, national, or interest group journalist.
- Add at least 10 more people to your audience list from Week One. Try different strategies than you used in Week One. For instance, if you targeted organizations, look for individual people. If you targeted journalists, look for their sources or their audiences.
- Using the Message Box you created for your target audience, start engaging with your audience list on twitter.
- Use hashtags to join a conversation. Use #SciFund in all your tweets so that others in the class can join/follow your conversation.
- Use retweets to share links/tweets that fit your message.
- Reply to tweets where you have experience/knowledge.
- Tweet questions to other experts.
- Use the favorite button (the star icon) to bookmark links and other tweets.
- Also, if you enjoyed the chapter on the Message Box, send Nancy Baron (@Nancy_Baron) a tweet expressing your appreciation.