Science Communication Workshop: Interview with Confidence

Agenda

July 18, 2017
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Lunch included)
URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Coastal Institute on Narragansett Bay
Hazard Seminar Room
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

Interview photo
Does the thought of being interviewed by a reporter make you nervous? Have you ever struggled to clearly explain your research to a journalist? Gaining the tools and confidence to convey your work clearly and concisely can make for a truly successful interview.

Metcalf Institute held a science communication workshop to provide insights and practice necessary for researchers to give powerful interviews on Tuesday, July 18, at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography in Narragansett, RI.

Workshop participants learned how to:

•    Determine what journalists are looking for in an interview
•    Frame clear and concise messages about their research
•    How to pitch a story to a reporter
•    Gain essential interviewing skills
•    Respond to unexpected questions from reporters

Participants also practiced interviewing and being interviewed under the guidance of expert coaches including Jason Margolis, reporter/correspondent, PRI’s The World; Avory Brookins, environment reporter, Rhode Island Public Radio; Alex Kuffner, energy and environment writer, Providence Journal; Kendall Moore, URI Journalism and Film/Media professor, documentary filmmaker; former producer for ABC News and the Discovery Channel; and Karen Southern, former reporter for WPRI TV and mayoral press secretary.

Workshop Participant Criteria
The workshop, supported by Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR, was open to natural and social science faculty, research staff, graduate students, and postdocs from all Rhode Island colleges and universities.

About RI NSF EPSCoR
Rhode Island NSF EPSCoR conducts groundbreaking research and develops academic talent in the science and technology fields to increase competitiveness in research and development, build a more capable workforce and fuel economic growth in the Ocean State. Funded by the National Science Foundation and state contributions, RI EPSCoR brings together nine of the state’s public and private institutions of higher education in pursuit of a strong and sustainable marine ecosystem that serves as a foundation for Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life. Its partner institutions are University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Bryant University, Community College of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are thosensf-plain-blue
of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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