Share Your Science: Blogging for Magazines, Newspapers and More

To help more scientists to share their expertise with the public, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Scientific American and the Kavli Foundation are launching an online course on blogging and op-ed writing for magazines, newspapers and other news outlets. The course includes interactive and web-based instruction, as well as feedback on writing assignments by Alda Center instructors and Scientific American editors. Successful assignments will be considered for publication on Scientific American's guest blog. 

Course Goals and Objectives

During this online course you will:

  • Develop story ideas to engage the general reader
  • Learn to approach science communications with a more critical eye
  • Practice identifying and understanding your audience
  • Improve your writing style and content and begin to develop your own voice
  • Learn how to revise and sharpen your work in response to editorial feedback
  • Explore strategies for using  social media to draw attention to your writing
  • Produce at least two publishable blog posts for Scientific American’s Observations blog
  • Develop a solid process to continue communicating science through writing

Course Format

  • Live Private Workshop Sessions: We will host live web meetings in which instructors and peers can review writing samples, learn from each other and provide feedback. These sessions will be recorded and published privately for the group as an archive of the discussion.
  • Asynchronous Assignments & Feedback: Participants will submit writing pieces as part of the weekly assignments during this course. In addition to receiving feedback during the live private workshop sessions, instructors and peers will provide feedback via comments.

Course Dates

All sessions will be held from 1:00-2:30pm ET. If accepted, participants are expected to attend all scheduled sessions.

  • Monday, April 1, 2019
  • Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Monday, April 15, 2019
  • Monday, April 29, 2019
  • Monday, May 6, 2019

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Workshop Instructor(s)
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Jennifer Albanese

Course Instructor

Jennifer Albanese is the Director of the Writing Center and the former Associate Director of the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Stony Brook University,where she has taught for eighteen years. She was awarded the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Lecturer in 2012, and Senior Lecturer in 2016. Dr. Albanese has developed professional writing workshops and courses for the Graduate Chemistry program and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. In recent years she has also developed writing modules for the AldaCenter for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

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Claudia Wallis

Course Instructor

Claudia Wallis is an award-winning science writer and magazine editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Fortune, The New Republic, Scientific American and Rolling Stone. She is currently the health columnist for Scientific American and writes “The Science of Learning” column for the Hechinger Report. She is the author of 40 Time Magazine cover stories, two of which were National Magazine Award finalists.