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Science Journalism

Key Information

Module code
ISSU2063
Taught during
Session 1
Module leader
Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon
Pre-requisites
GPA of around 3.3/4.0 (US) or equivalent
Assessment method
Blog/podcast (25%), Feature article (75%)
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Module overview

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

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand how news content is produced
  • Know how to write and produce a variety of news contents
  • Be able to plan a reportage
  • Be able to conduct an interview
  • Appreciate the importance and value of science journalism

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). Students are required to have completed at least one year of study in a related discipline.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.

Assessment

  • 600-word blog or 6-minute podcast (25%)
  • Final examination (75%)

Module leader

Dr Jean-Baptiste Gouyon is a Lecturer in Science Communication at UCL Science and Technology Studies department. He was initially trained as a biologist, after which he went on to work as a science journalist in France. He then worked at the French Embassy in Norway, during which time he produced a weekly science segment for the morning programme on the French Radio in Oslo. After returning to France he was freelance science journalist for a few years, with articles appearing in such high profile magazines as La Recherche and Science et Vie. In 2010 he received a PhD in Sociology from the University of York. His research is on the presentation of science in visual media, principally film an

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