Communicating Science

Communicating Science


Many online resources can help scientists better connect with press, public and policymakers. Below, handy links, all free unless otherwise noted. (Warning: Some of the links are parodies, showing what you should NOT do!)

  • Handbooks on dealing with press; giving effective talks; and shooting photos/video
  • articles with insights on the relationships of science, public and mass media
  • Blogs chronicling science communication and journalism
  • Fellowships for scientists wishing to learn communication skills


If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? Alan Alda
How to Write and Submit Opinion Pieces, The Op Ed Project
Communicating With the Media, American Geophysical Union
Communicating Science: Tools for Scientists and Engineers, American Assn for Advancement of Science
A Scientist's Guide to Talking With the Media, Union of Concerned Scientists
Explaining Research, Oxford University Press
Working With Public Information Officers, Dennis Meredith
Writing and Submitting an Opinion Piece: A Guide, The Earth Institute
Climate Change Communication: A Guide for Scientists and Educators, Center for Research on Environmental Decisions
Am I Making Myself Clear?, Cornelia Dean, The New York Times (paperback $14.36)
Undergrads Unwittingly Subjected to World’s Worst Research Talk, Dr. Fisher-Katz
Life After Death by Powerpoint, Don McMillan
Master Storytellers, TED Talks


Scientists Make Discovery About World’s Silt Deposits But Understand If You Aren’t Interested In That , The Onion, Dec. 8, 2016
Inside Eurekalert, the Hub That Shapes Science News, Wired, May 6, 2016
Alan Alda on Science So Everyone Can Get It, New York Times, Feb. 25, 2014
Science Communication Requires Time, Trust and Twitter, Science, Dec. 20, 2013
The Science and Art of Science Writing , New York Times, Dec. 10, 2013
Stop Complaining About Your PR Firm: Here’s How the Media Works ,, Nov. 19, 2013
Public Science 2.0, Science, Oct. 4, 2013
Capably Communicating Science, Science, Aug. 17, 2012
Secrets of the Times Op-Ed Page Revealed!, Capital New York, May 18, 2012
When Scientists Take Journalists Into the Field, Nature, Jan. 18, 2012
Communicating the Science of Climate Change, Physics Today, October 2011
Why Scientists and Journalists Don’t Play Well Together, Forbes, Aug. 8, 2011
When Science and the Media Mix, Science, April 1, 2011
So this Reporter says to this Scientist ..., Dot Earth, Jan. 12, 2011
This Is a News Website Article About a Scientific Paper, The Guardian, Sept. 27, 2010
Scientists Who Want to Educate the Public  Should Start by Listening
, Washington Post, June 27, 2010
If Our Messages Are to Be Heard, Science, Jan. 1, 2010
Survey Shows Gap Between Scientists and Public, New York Times, July 9, 2009
Science Communication Reconsidered, Nature Biotechnology, June 2009
Science Journalism: Breaking the Convention? Nature, June 24, 2009 
Scientist Citizens,  Science, March 13, 2009
Real News: An Endangered Species Science News, Dec. 3, 2008
Experts Tussle Over Details. Public Gets Whiplash. New York Times, July 29, 2008
Communicating, Because It Matters Science, June 1, 2007 
Why Scientists Should Embrace TV News  Nature, Jan. 27, 2005


Columbia Journalism Review's Observatory
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media


American Geophysical Union Mass Media Fellowship
AAAS Mass Media and Science Engineering Fellows