Advancing the Art of Science Communication

2017 Job Descriptions

SCIENCE STAR

A bioscience researcher engaged in leading edge research in an academic, industrial or organizational setting. Science Stars and their research are the focus of cSw stories.


COMMUNICATIONS MENTOR (Comms Mentor)

Communications professional engaged in journalism, public relations, and/or education, preferably with experience in science, health care, and/or research communications. Mentors work with writers to develop clear, compelling stories accessible to a general audience and work with student editors to polish and prepare stories for publication.


STAFF WRITER

With guidance and support of a Communications Mentor, each staff writer researches, writes and submits 1 story about his/her Science Star and his/her leading edge research.
Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Forum Preparation
    • Select topic
    • Begin to read about topic
    • Collect, develop a list of credible sources
    • Identify several potential Science Stars
    • Think about possible story line
  • At Forum
    • Participate in Team meeting with Comms Mentor and staff editor
  • Post-Forum preparation for 3-day residential workshop
    • Work with Comms Mentor to:
      • Continue researching topic
      • Refine and expand list of resources
      • Develop strategy for contacting Science Star
      • Create potential interview questions
      • Refine story line
  • During 3-day residential workshop
    • Participate in general meetings
    • Outreach to the Science Star; try to secure an interview
    • Refine interview questions
    • Skill building, mock interviews and team exercises
  • Post 3-day residential workshop
    • Work with Comms Mentor to:
      • Conduct interview with Science Star
      • Select appropriate format
      • Write first draft
      • Revise draft- rewrite, rewrite, rewrite

Time Commitment:
Attendance at June 10th Forum and July 16-19 Residential Workshop plus researching and writing 1 story with revisions as needed prior to publication


STAFF EDITOR

With guidance and support of Communications Mentor, each staff editor prepares and polishes up to 4 stories for publication

Responsibilities:

  • Pre-Forum Preparation
    • Review samples of story formats
  • At Forum
    • Participate in team meeting with Comms Mentor and staff writers
  • Post-Forum preparation for 3-day residential workshop
    • Complete mock editing, fact checking exercise
    • Begin learning about each team writer’s topic
  • During 3-day residential workshop
    • Participate in general meetings and special editing sessions
    • Practice lessons in fact checking, content editing, copy editing
  • Post 3-day residential workshop
    • Work with Comms Mentor to manage every part of process
  • Post submission
    • Conduct high level assessment of stories to determine readiness for publication
    • Conduct final edit sessions
    • Coordinate with Creative Team (CT) for graphics
    • Develop key words for each story
    • Develop summaries for each story (300, 250 and 156 characters)
    • Use online form to submit all elements of final story
    • Help promote the cSw program as well as all cSw stories

Time Commitment:
Attendance at June 10th Forum and July 16-19 Residential Workshop plus editing up to 4 stories


cSw GRAPHIC DESIGNER

With guidance and support of the Graphics Mentor, each graphic designer will work collaboratively to create or source appropriate graphics for stories.
Responsibilities:

  • At Forum
    • Participate in general session and special graphics design meeting
  • Between Forum and 3-day residential workshop
    • Select an article from Tuesday Science Times and generate 3-4 different approaches to graphics from the article
  • During 3-day residential workshop
    • Participate in general meetings and special graphics sessions
    • Bring examples of graphics that really tell a story vs graphics that don’t work and be prepared to tell why
  • After 3-day residential workshop
    • Begin learning about all topics
    • Think about graphical representations for topics
  • Post submission
    • Participate at the monthly web conference for brainstorming and assignments

Time Commitment:
Attendance at June 10th Forum, July 16-19 Residential Workshop and monthly graphics brainstorming session plus fulfillment of assignments


SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

With guidance and support of Social Media Mentor, social media coordinators collaborate on promoting both the program and each story via social media platforms.
Responsibilities:

  • At Forum
    • Participate in general session and special graphics design meeting
    • Help promote forum
  • Between Forum and 3-day residential workshop
    • Generate a tweet for every organism selected for study by a cSw author and connect it to a current research advancement or breakthrough that has been tied to a local or global news story
  • During 3-day residential workshop
    • Participate in general meetings and special social media sessions
    • Search for current research advancements or breakthroughs for every organism selected for study by a cSw author but connect it to university research, specific scientists, and peer reviewed journal articles
    • Read, comment, and tweet about current research advancements or breakthroughs for every organism selected for study by a cSw author but connect it to university research, specific scientists, and peer reviewed journal articles
    • Using the cSw accounts, follow doctors, scientists, and researchers who are renown in the field of animal research on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
    • Using established imagery of journal covers, animals, and graphical displays of data establish a cSw presence on Instagram
  • After 3-day residential workshop
    • Maintain lively presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • Post submission
    • Implement strategy for promoting published stories

Time Commitment:
Attendance at June 10th Forum and July 16-19 Residential Workshop and occasional brainstorming sessions plus fulfillment of assignments