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The resources below may be useful if you wish to pursue further the topics covered by this workshop.  This list of resources was last updated on 3 March 2017.


Baron, Nancy. (2010). Escape from the Ivory Tower: A Guide to Making Your Science Matter. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Bowater, Laura & Yeoman, Kay. (2013). Science Communication: A Practical Guide for Scientists. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

Blum, Deborah, Knudson, Mary, & Henig, Robin Marantz (Eds.). (2006). A Field Guide to Science Writing: The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Dean, Cornelia. (2009). Am I Making Myself Clear? A Scientist’s Guide to Talking to the Public. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Hayes, Richard, & Grossman, Daniel. (2006). A Scientist’s Guide to Talking with the Media. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Menninger, Holly, & Gropp, Robert. (2008). Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media. Washington, DC: American Institute for Biological Sciences.

Meredith, Dennis. (2010). Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Olson, Randy. (2009). Don’t be such a scientist: talking substance in an age of style. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Olson, Randy. (2015). Houston, We Have a Narrative. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Wilcox, Christie, Brookshire, Bethany, & Goldman, Jason G. (Eds.). (2016). Science blogging: the essential guide. New Haven: Yale University Press.


“How to” Websites (produced by longtime science writer Dennis Meredith to accompany his book, Explaining Research) (produced by American Association for the Advancement of Science, includes webinars, tipsheets, etc.) (tips from the American Geophysical Union) (online science journalism course, developed by World Federation of Science Journalists; primary audience is science journalists in developing countries) (’s “Communicating Science” section, focused on science journalism for the developing world, but relevant for anyone communicating science; see especially the “practical guides” section)

Tips for great (science) media interviews (from Patricia Thomas, Knight Chair in Health & Medical Journalism, Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication, University of Georgia)

Science Literacy Project (a workshop, currently inactive, for science reporters working in public radio; some resources online, especially the “tip sheets”) (a blog with comments and interviews from science writers about many aspects of how they report, write, and think about their stories and their lives as writers)

Social media discussion ABOUT science communication

Twitter: #scicomm, #gradscicomm

The #SciComm Daily,


Science outreach websites (the “informal science education” community) (a resource and online community for informal learning projects, research and evaluation; it provides access to a wide range of material)


Science news commentary (from MIT’s Knight Science Journalism project, a variety of stories probing science journalism) (published from the late 2000s until 2015, “a lens on the science press” from the Columbia Journalism Review) (from the UK, a scientist comments regularly) (a long-running blog on…bad astronomy!  Actually, mostly good astronomy, and sometimes comments on media coverage.) WAIT! STOP THE PRESSES! Just moved a month ago to:


Science news sites (just a few of the many, many possibilities…I’m not even sure this list is worth providing…let’s talk about that!)

New York Times (, especially the Tuesday “Science Times” section (you will need to register, but there is no cost)

Google News’s “Sci/Tech” category (

Yahoo! News’s “Science” category (

The Why Files (, RIP. An online science magazine published 1996-2016 (

Slate’s “Health and Science” section ( (a site specifically for science journalists in the developing world, but with relevance for anyone trying to communicate science),


Science blogs (one of the main sites for science-focused blogs) (some of the most prominent blogs; in the process of moving to a new structure, so may be hard to navigate) (still more prominent blogs) (still more prominent blogs) (not quite as prominent, but still pretty well known) (an interesting question about who this is for….)

…and many more available through


Science story ideas/press releases (Basic source for science press releases) (A European counterpart to EurekAlert!) (An independent alternative to EurekAlert! – site also has many topics besides science) (Another independent alternative to EurekAlert!)


Other sites to explore, International Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology, Media Evaluation and Visitor Research site, maintained by National Park Service, Natural Science Collections Alliance, a support organization for natural science collections (including museums and their staffs), Science Magazine’s careers page, which includes many stories about communication and outreach options, Nature’s equivalent to Science’s careers page, a list of science policy fellowships (outdated, but still a useful place to start), home of the Citizen Science Association


Organizations you might want to join

Many of the following organizations have extremely useful resources on their websites – guidelines, ethical codes, handbooks, etc., often available at no charge and without the need to join., American Medical Writers Association, American Public Gardens Association, Association of Health Care Journalists, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Council of Science Editors, National Association of Science Writers, North American Association for Environmental Education, Society of Environmental Journalists

….and there are many others