Statement of Purpose (or, Why I’m Launching a SciComm Blog)
When I was first approached about launching a blog that focuses on science communication, two questions popped into my head. Is there enough to say about science communication to sustain a blog? And, if so, who would want to read about it?
Judging from the existence of annual conferences that focus on various aspects of science communication (e.g., ScienceOnline, National Association of Science Writers), there is a lot to discuss when it comes to science communication. I plan to write about a wide range of these issues on this blog, including social media, science outreach and working with reporters. I also plan on recruiting guest posts from experts in a variety of fields.
I’ll be running this blog with two audiences in mind: researchers who are interested in the nuts and bolts of how to communicate about science, and professional communicators – including reporters and public information officers (or flacks).
By way of background, I’m including a list of links to some of the posts I’ve written for other blogs – and which helped me land this gig in the first place: What Scientists, Science Writers and PIOs Should Expect from Each Other; Writing About Science, When You’re Not A Scientist; Social Media: Taking Science To The People; and Why Scientists Should Publicize Their Findings – for Purely Selfish Reasons. These are all issues that I’m likely to revisit in the future, but they’ll give you some sense of where I’m coming from.
Ultimately, the goal of this blog is to help all parties – from scientists to science writers – do a better job when it comes to communicating about science. No matter how good we are, we can be better. That definitely includes me.
While I’ll be sharing my thoughts and opinions on a variety of issues, I am well aware that I do not have all the answers – and some of the answers I think I have are probably wrong. I’m hoping that readers will take an active role in discussing any issues I write about. I hope you benefit from my experience in the field, but I also want to learn from you.
Since I’m just getting started, here’s a question I’m really hoping you’ll answer: What science communication issues do you want to talk about?