The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop: Training for Scientists and Journalists to Effectively Communicate Science to the Public

May 30-31, 2024 | In-person training

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Registration is open! Join us for the first The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop on May 30-31, 2024. 

The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop is a two-day intensive training using a hands-on, workshop format that will equip scientists and journalists with concepts, tools, and strategies to successfully communicate scientific findings to the public.

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Training Overview

Summer 2024 dates: In-person training May 30-31, 2024; 9:00am - ~5:00pm ET

This two-day intensive workshop will help bridge the gap between scientific research findings and the distribution of important health information to the public. Led by a cross-disciplinary team of experts consisting of an experienced journalist and experienced public health researcher, the workshop will integrate seminar lectures with hands-on activities to put concepts into practice. This short course will train scientists to be better communicators and journalists to be better translators of scientific information. Participants will learn how science journalists work, how scientists are trained to report their findings, and best practices for collaboration between the two disciplines.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • What is journalism and how does it work?
  • Newsworthiness
  • The parts of a story
  • Reporting
  • Finding an angle
  • Science writing vs journalism
  • The language of reporters
  • Translating research
  • Writing your story
  • Working better with journalists

Audience and Requirements

Scientists and journalists at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-career professionals to participate.

Instructors

Julie Herbstman, MSc, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. She is the director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, where she oversees longitudinal birth cohort studies in New York City. Trained as an epidemiologist, Julie Herbstman's research focuses on the impact of prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants on child growth and development. She has also been involved in research exploring the long-term environmental health impact of exposure to pollutants from the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. Her work also involves the integration of epigenetic biomarkers to explore the mechanistic pathway between prenatal exposures and disease risk.

Keren Blankfeld, MS, Columbia Journalism School, Columbia University. Keren Blankfeld is an award-winning journalist with a special interest whose stories have appeared in the New York TimesForbesReutersThe Toronto Star, and others. Her first book, Lovers in Auschwitz: A True Story, was published through Little, Brown in January 2024 and is being translated to multiple languages. A former editor and staff writer at Forbes, Keren has been a guest on CNN, BBC World News, and E! Entertainment. In 2013, Keren served as a creative executive at New Regency Productions, where she worked with screenwriters and playwrights to develop material for movies and TV shows. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and English from Tufts University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. Originally from São Paulo, Brazil, Keren spent her teenage years in Houston, Texas. She now lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

Scholarships

Training scholarships are available for The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop.

Locations

Summer 2024: The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop is a live, in-person training taking place May 30-31 at the Columbia University Irving Medical Campus in NYC. All training start and end times are in EDT.

More information on travel, lodging, and getting around NYC.

Registration Fees

  Early-bird Rate (through 4/10/24) Regular Rate (4/11/24 - 5/23/24) Columbia Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee $995 $1195 10%
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations/Government Agencies $1195 $1395 10%
For-Profit Organizations $1395 $1595 NA

*Columbia Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University. If paying by credit card, use your Columbia email address during the registration process to automatically have the discount applied. If paying by internal transfer within Columbia, submit this Columbia Internal Transfer Request form to receive further instructions. Please note: filling out this form is not the same as registering for a training and does not guarantee a training seat.  

Invoice Payment: If you would prefer to pay by invoice/check, please submit this Invoice Request form to receive further instructions. Please note: filling out this form is not the same as registering for a training and does not guarantee a training seat.

Registration Fee: This fee includes course material, breakfast, and lunch on training days. Course material will be made available to all participants both during and after the conclusion of the training. The fee does not include travel/accommodation costs.

Cancellations: Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 30 days prior to the training start date in order to receive a full refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Cancellation notices received via email 14-29 days prior to the training will receive a 75% refund, minus a $75 administrative fee. Please email your cancellation notice to Columbia.Scientist.Storyteller@gmail.com. Due to workshop capacity and preparation, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations <14days prior to the training.  

If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to Columbia.Scientist.Storyteller@gmail.com. In the event Columbia must cancel the event, your registration fee will be fully refunded.

Additional Information

The Scientist and the Storyteller Workshop is hosted by Columbia University's SHARP Program at the Mailman School of Public Health.

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