[ES_JOBS_NET] Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication

Britta Voss brittamv at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 18:00:34 MDT 2017

Applications due June 30th, more info at http://www.wgbh.org/support

The Rita Allen Foundation and WGBH Boston are pleased to announce the* Rita
Allen Fellowship for Science Communication. *This new program will provide
a year's support for one fellow to study the field of science media,
experiment with successful media formats and work to expand science
literacy in the general public.  The fellow will embed at WGBH, one of the
pre-eminent science media producers in the US and home to the flagship
public media science series NOVA.

The goal of the Rita Allen Fellowship is to identify ways to expand how and
to whom science news and information are communicated.  It also aims to
discover new information by experimenting with best practices that will
provide all science media producers with tools to reach new audiences more

Elizabeth Christopherson, President of the Rita Allen Foundation, says,
"The Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication will explore the state
of science journalism today and propose new and innovative approaches for
improving popular understanding of science."  She calls science literacy "a
cornerstone of our democracy."

More information about the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication
will be added here over the next few months, or you can contact program
coordinator Judith Vecchione <raf2017 at wgbh.org>.

To apply, click here <https://wiki.wgbh.org/display/RAF/Application+Site>.

The Rita Allen fellow will investigate, first hand, the state of science
communication in popular media, examining audiences, approaches and
formats.  As examples, the fellow might look to answer these questions:

   - What audiences should be targeted in science communication efforts to
   create greatest short-term and long-term impact?

   - What new content approaches are most effective for engagement and for
   improving science literacy among specific audience sub-groups or general

   - Which formats have the best potential for engagement, again thinking
   of target audiences as well as broad public audiences?

The research will include looking at trends and technologies, and also at
how people are finding their own ways to make science media.  Details of
the fellow's research will be finalized based on the fellow's interest and
skills, with the input and collaboration of the Fellowship staff at WGBH.

As the fellow develops and answers the research questions, he/she will also
have the opportunity to share this new knowledge with the public.  The
fellow will report out quarterly on findings to both the Fellowship program
and the public via WGBH science media outlets (such as NOVA, the NOVA Next
blog, radio programs like PRI’s *The World*, and online and social media
platforms), as well as other distribution channels outside of WGBH.

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $82,000 plus benefits, for the year.
He/she will live in or move to the Boston area and have office space at
WGBH's studios.
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