[Mathmajors] science writing course fall 2008--please forward to
miller at math.washington.edu
Thu Jun 12 07:58:45 PDT 2008
Writing about Science & Technology for General Audiences
Schedule: MW, 2:30-3:50
Instructor: Dr. Deborah Illman
illman at u.washington.edu
This course is designed to introduce upper-division undergraduate and graduate
students to science and technology news writing. We explore the science news
publishing process and key issues involved in communicating about science and
technology with general audiences. Students learn the structure of science news
articles and press releases; they examine issues of balance and accuracy; and
they study the interaction between technical sources, public information
officers, reporters, and readers.
Using case studies taken from the print and broadcast media, we examine ways to
treat some of the most difficult problems in communicating technical content to
general readers, including issues in experimental design; correlation vs.
causation; and evaluating risk.
Students have the opportunity to build their writing portfolios through
assignments that treat the news brief, news article, and press release.
Articles may be considered for publication in Northwest Science & Technology
(www.nwst.org). Students completing this class should possess the conceptual
understanding as well as the practical experience needed for a position as a
science reporter, writer, or editor for a major publication; as a freelance
writer; as a communication officer, writer, or editor for a high-technology
organization; or as a scientist or engineer who is prepared to interact with
members of the media and general public.
Add code required--email the instructor at illman at u.washington.edu for a code.
Deborah L. Illman, Ph.D.
Editor, Northwest Science & Technology (www.nwst.org)
University of Washington, Box 353740
Seattle, WA 98195-3740
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