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Rita Allen Foundation Announces Science Communication Projects

Rita Allen Foundation Announces Science Communication Projects

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Rita Allen Foundation is pleased to share two projects announced this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. We are supporting both of these efforts as part of our commitment to strengthening public understanding and support of science.

Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication
The Rita Allen Foundation and WGBH Boston are pleased to announce the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication, a program that will provide a year's support for a fellow to study the field of science media, experiment with successful media formats, and work to expand science literacy in the general public. 

"We live in a powerful time for science communication. Science holds crucial information and tools for navigating modern life—for communities and individuals. Meanwhile, new research is emerging about how science communicators can effectively engage with the public about complex topics. We are excited to partner with WGBH to create a fellowship rooted in learning and experiment, with the goal of informing and inspiring audiences across the country while providing leadership for the field of science communication."
—Elizabeth Good Christopherson, President and CEO, Rita Allen Foundation

Candidates for the fellowship will be early-to-mid-career science media producers, journalists or working scientists with a commitment to communication about science. Applications are due by June 30, 2017.

COMPASS Message Box Workbook
COMPASS, a nonprofit organization that equips scientists to share their work effectively, has released a free, online communications tool: the Message Box Workbook. The Message Box walks scientists through the process of developing messages that will resonate with the needs and interests of diverse audiences, drawing on lessons from 15 years of training and experimentation. This is a beta version—COMPASS welcomes feedbackon the Message Box Workbook and wants to hear how it is put into practice.