Science Communication

Environmental Science & Policy course @ William & Mary

ENSP 440: Science Communication

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser

Science Communication is the communication of science-related topics to non-experts, often in the form of a narrative. This interdisciplinary, College 400 capstone course trains students to translate obscure scientific research into compelling science stories that engage a broad public audience. Using a journalistic writing style and applying best practices of effective science communication, students craft creative nonfiction narrative short stories, magazine features, and radio podcast episodes. The classroom functions like a newsroom, with the professor as the editor and each student as a science journalist reporting on research being conducted at William & Mary, VIMS, and beyond. The class is interactive and hands-on, integrating class discussion, peer work, and workshops on interviewing, sound design, and podcast production and editing. Final assignments will serve as polished additions to student professional portfolios.

Check out student podcast episodes from this course at iHark Radio.

SciComm Student Blog Posts (forthcoming)