London, United Kingdom

Science Journalism

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Science and innovation are playing a central part in developed societies, with scientists being increasingly seen as key economic actors. Informed science journalism is more necessary than ever, if our societies are to develop as sustainable democracies. This module considers key aspects of news writing and offers participants the possibility to experiment practically with the production of different genres of journalistic output: News story, feature article, blog post, and podcast. For the latter, students will have access to the radio studio installed in the Science and Technology Studies department. The module’s practical approach invites students to reflect on the role of science journalists in today’s society. By the end of the module, participants will have produced contents that will be featured on a dedicated webpage.

Course leader

Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon is a Lecturer in Science Communication at UCL Science and Technology Studies department.

Target group

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). Students are required to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study. No prior subject knowledge is required but students should have a keen interest in the subject.

Course aim

This is a skills based module. It aims to introduce students to key techniques of news writing with a focus on reporting about science and innovation. The course is also intended to emphasise the necessity and value of science journalism in todays developed democracies, and to foster a reflection the forms science journalism can take nowadays. On a practical level, the module will enable participants to produce actual journalistic content, the best of which will be featured on a dedicated webpage for the course. This course is time intensive. Modules participants will be expected to work on their writing outside class.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) costs approx. £1100 per Session.