A summary of top tips for breaking into science communication by Paige Brown Jarreau.
Tip 1: Network with science communication practitioners, who can help you, give feedback and help you find the path of your interest. Join Twitter to connect with a great number of communicators, get an idea about their work and network. Use #SciComm to find science communication tweets.
Tip 2: Read a lot of science blogs, books to get unique storytelling ideas. Try mass communication/journalism courses to understand how people follow science news and where to fit yourself into the vast scientific community.
Tip 3: Produce original science content such as blogs, Youtube science videos, Instagram posts, podcasts, sci-art, or even write poetry to build your portfolio. Take up freelance writing, editing, etc., where the editor can help you gain expertise and improve your writing/editing/communication skills.
Tip 4: Volunteer to manage your science lab’s official Instagram or science outreach events in local science museums. Look into nearby universities or science organizations working in science communication, where you can get involved. You can write for the school newspaper, ask your university whether you can write press releases during public outreach programs, or give a public talk at science events.
Tip 5: Science communication jobs are not available like other traditional job postings. You have to ask for it! Send your resume and showcase your work to potential employers by presenting your niche content online.
Tip 6: Focus on broader impacts of the science communication work you do and secure funding.
Tip 7: Learning from a good mentor is more important. Attend training or workshops or take short courses to improve skills.
Tip 8: Build your brand via an online presence, professional website with a good domain name and showcase your work.
Tip 9: Don’t get afraid of negative comments. Initially, uploading content online may not get recognition and feedback might scare you. Do not fear and practice your work.
Tip 10: Build interview skills. Contact a researcher and ask questions about their research to build interview skills.
Editing: Yashika Kapoor, M.Sc.
Graphics design: Tausif Ahmed Sayed, B.E. (Chem.)
Publication Support: Liza Changkakoti, M.Sc.