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A Message from Henriette Lowisch

Journalistic Tools for Scientists Instructor

Ever notice a resemblance between the media and species like Harriotta raleighana, or Cymothoa exigua? Well, hello, scientist. Time to hang up your lab coat and stop feeding your model. This is the right course for you.

Journalists may not come across as cute and fuzzy, but they do have a knack for telling stories. In fact, their methods make more sense if you take a closer look. Get to know their secrets and chances are you'll become a better messenger of science. To learn from strange species, no matter how creepy -- isn't that what scientists do anyway?

Henriette Lowisch, a veteran journalist, is an associate professor at The University of Montana's School of Journalism, where she runs the Master's Program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism.

This material is based on work supported by the Montana Institute on Ecosystem’s award from MT EPSCoR NSF Grant EPS-1101342.

What is Journalistic Tools for Scientists?

Journalistic Tools for Scientists is a three-week, graduate-level course on techniques used by media professionals to effectively communicate with the public. By sharing practical journalistic skills, we intend to help scientists do a better job spreading the word about research and discovery important to the future of humanity.

Who is it for?

Journalistic Tools for Scientists is for environmental scientists and natural resource professionals whose work is vital to public policy. Whether you're heading for a career in academic research or already working in the field, if you're eager to inform the public and make a difference with your work, this is the course for you.

How to get started?

Sign up for the course in Cyberbear.