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FutureLearn Discovering Science: Science Writing

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

  • Overview
  1. FutureLearn
    University of Leeds
    5 hours/week
    2 weeks
    Paid Certificate Available
    Part of:
    Discovering Science program
    Without science writing, science could not really exist. By recording experiments and publishing the results of studies and discoveries, scientists can share their important work, and find an engaged audience.

    Science writing takes many forms: from press releases to video scripts. You’ll learn about different types of science writing, and look at the factors which you need to consider to write a story.

    You’ll discover how to gather accurate information and relevant opinions as well as tips on how to conduct a successful interview.

    The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in science; no previous knowledge or experience is required.

    If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 10 hours of CPD time.

    What topics will you cover?
    • Examine the different forms science writing can take, and the sources for finding out about science.
    • Examine the factors to consider when preparing to write your own science story, such as the angle, who your audience is, and why they will be interested in a story.
    • Understand how to structure a narrative.
    • Examine the different components you need to write for news articles, press releases and blogs, such as the headline for a news article.
    • Understand the importance of balance in a news story and how to achieve it.
    • Explore how to use video stories to communicate scientific information to different audiences.
    • Explore interviewing techniques to use before and during a broadcast.
    • Write a news article, blog post or video script; and review and comment on the work of other learners.

    Taught by
    Paul Taylor

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