Aleszu Bajak ~ SciWri16

This page presents archived content from “Communicating Ciencia: Adapting to the Changing Faces and Voices of Mass Media” prepared for ScienceWriters2016 in San Antonio, Texas.


~ THREE THINGS PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW ~
About Communicating Science to Bicultural and Bilingual Audiences

  1. Communities are not faceless crowds. The communities we cover – like our readers – are not homogenous. They have real faces. Don’t let your medium or the breadth of your story dictate how you listen and speak to them.
  2. Don’t just parachute in. There’s value in poundin’ the streets. Get down to the local level, and establish relationships with your “fixers.” Telling a good story means you have to talk to people!
  3. Embrace awkwardness. You don’t have to be part of a culture to understand it, or be embraced by it. Use your vulnerability and curiosity as a conduit, and ask sources to guide you into their culture. There are no dumb questions! It helps you show industry, and be more honest in your reporting.

 


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Aleszu Bajak is a freelance science journalist and graduate programs manager at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, and at the time of #SciWri16 was a senior writer at Undark. Follow @aleszubajak


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