Here we are at the wrap-up of Week Two of our self-guided Introduction to Outreach class! In our live online class, these assignments are heavily focused on engagement with others in the class. We believe that science communication is best learned in collaboration with others, so please do sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the class opens. This Assignment section summarizes the things to do for this weeks and focuses on the (very useful) tasks you can do on your own. You’ll still need to read through the previous sections for this week in order for this summary to make sense.
- Read chapter 8 from Escape from the Ivory Tower, by Nancy Baron.
- Read the Physics Today article on science communication.
- Prepare 2 Message Boxes. Each will have different discussion points as they are each targeted at a different group:
- 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.
- Find a partner with whom to practice your Message Boxes. Practice using your Message Boxes with your partner.
- 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. As another example, if you targeted journalists, look for their sources or their audiences.
- If you enjoyed the chapter on the Message Box, send Nancy Baron (@Nancy_Baron) a tweet expressing your appreciation.