Projected Futures is an intensive and experiential summer school that will challenge participants to rethink how science is communicated with society. Graduate students will be exposed to the foundations of evidence-based science journalism and then asked to experiment to create new forms of scientific storytelling.
The school issues a collaborative, experimental challenge to participants:
What plausible future do you project for science journalism?
Projected Futures is a unique, blended course that occurs both online and in person. It is an unforgettable experience.
Students will complete the following during the course:
July 30 – August 5
Convene online to explore the foundations of evidence-based science journalism and to get to know each other.
Students arrive in Montreal and head to Concordia University’s residence.
August 7 – 10
In person classes begin in the Department of Journalism to examine a mixture of
(i) Journalism skills workshops for multimedia platforms;
(ii) Theoretical examinations of models of science journalism; and
(iii) Interdisciplinary group-based mapping of science and society connections.
Teams are issued an all-day collaborative experimental challenge. The day ends with a public lecture and reception from a noted science journalist. (The rest and relaxation will be well earned!)
In the morning, teams present their work – a projected future – at the Science Journalism Educator Summit.
In the afternoon, everyone heads home.
August 14 to 16
Course debrief online and the creation of the first alumni network.