Our seminars are open and free of charge to all CMU graduate students and postdocs. However, we have a limited number of spaces, so please register early to make sure you can participate.
Talking to the Media Workshop
Sitting down for a media interview is a powerful opportunity to advocate for your field, correct misconceptions, and put a personal face to science. Interviewing requires more than just distilling your message into soundbites: you also have to improvise and tell a story that's personal and emotional, all while under pressure. Anybody who does this well had to train for it. Join us as we get expert advice and feedback from a former 60 Minutes interviewer with years of experience training scientists to interact with the media.
Part 1: The Seminar
Steven Reiner (bio)
October 31, 2014, 3:30-4:30 PM
Doherty Hall 1112
There are many steps you can take in advance to help ensure your media interviews go well. In this seminar, participants will learn how to prepare for a media interview, including shaping clear, crisp answers, fielding difficult questions, and reinforcing their fundamental message.
Part 2: On-Camera Interview Session
Steven Reiner (bio)
October 31, 2014, 4:45-7 PM
Doherty Hall 1209
Learning about talking to the media is one thing, but actually doing it is another. How do you perform in front of a camera? Come find out at our interview workshop! Steven will run a short 5-10 minute video interview with each attendee about their work and give them feedback, and we'll send them a copy of the video to take home.
Blogging Club (ongoing)
We blog at ScienceNonFiction.org about pothole physics, why computers in Denver make more mistakes, the ethics of animal research, and more. Occasionally articles get picked up, but mostly we write for our own practice at writing. If you want to share your excitement about research and work on articles with a friendly group, come join us for one of our weekly meetings!