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Media skills for scientists

A free online course to teach scientists how to use the media to reach non-scientists

Engaging with journalists is one of the best ways to get your research noticed and to raise your public profile, which can lead to more collaborations and funding. This online course addresses any reservations you might have about engaging with journalists and packaging scientific information for non-scientists. It will give you the skills needed to interact successfully with the media and will show how seizing media opportunities could help advance your career.


Why this course?

  • Talking to the media is a great way to communicate your research to the public and raises your public profile
  • Media coverage draws public attention to the subject you are researching
  • Media exposure can lead to more collaborations and funding
  • Opportunity to win a two-day mentoring experience with The Conversation Africa (full terms and conditions are available at the end of the course)

What’s included?

  • Thirteen short, user-friendly and interactive modules, divided into short, topical lectures. All of these modules are independent and can be taken individually.

A full list of the course modules is available here.

  • Practical tasks designed to help you apply media theory to your working practice
  • Worksheets to support your learning where appropriate
  • A certificate upon course completion
  • The opportunity to win a two-day mentoring experience at The Conversation Africa. All users who complete the course and successfully pitch a story idea to The Conversation Africa are eligible to be entered into this competition. Full terms and conditions are available at the end of the course

This course is brought to you as part of the Script project, which is made possible by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and implemented by SciDev.Net. For further information about Script visit http://www.scidev.net/script


Your Instructor


Dr. Charles Wendo
Dr. Charles Wendo

Training Coordinator, SciDev.net

Scientist I Journalist I Science Journalist


Course Curriculum


  Introduction to "Media skills for scientists" course
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I want to give feedback on the course?
We are always happy to receive feedback. If you would like to get in touch with us you can email us at training@scidev.net

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