Projected Futures 5: Experimental Science Journalism Studies
International Graduate Summer School (3 credits)
August 8 - 12, 2022 (in-person)
With mainly asynchronous online components before and after
Projected Futures 5 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?
Show us and the world in two weeks!
One of a Kind Experience
A first of its kind in the Department of Journalism, Projected Futures was designed with the World Federation of Science Journalists and the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada. Student work will be presented at a Science Journalism Summit on August 12.
Local, national and international graduate students from any discipline with an interest in new forms of scientific storytelling and interdisciplinary experimentation. Those interested in communicating about health and medicine, in particular, should apply.
David M. Secko, Ph.D.
Chair of Journalism and Professor
What skills will you learn?
The school's faculty include leading science journalists and journalism educators.
Apoorva Mandavilli is a reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and global health. She has been covering the coronavirus pandemic since its earliest days in 2020. She is the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. Apoorva is also the founding editor-in-chief of Spectrum, an award-winning news site on autism science that grew an audience of millions. She co-founded Culture Dish, an organization dedicated to enhancing diversity in science journalism, and was the founding chair of the Diversity Committee for the National Association of Science Writers.
Roxanne Khamsi is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in publications such as The Economist, WIRED magazine and The New York Times Magazine. She has taught at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.
Hannah Hoag is the deputy editor and the energy and environment editor at The Conversation Canada. She has been a science journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide variety of publications including Nature, Discover and The Globe and Mail. She was the founding editor of Arctic Deeply, which provided news and analysis about circumpolar Arctic issues.
Samia Bouzid is a freelance writer and audio storyteller based in Philadelphia. Her work spans a range of themes, including physics and space, language, and culture. She writes and edits scripts for the YouTube channel SciShow and is a podcast producer and sound designer for Adonde Media. She previously worked at NOVA | PBS, making videos for the YouTube channel What the Physics?! She holds an M.A. in journalism from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and a B.S. in astrophysics from Rutgers University.
Professor, Department of Journalism
Now a science journalism scholar and leader of the Concordia Science Journalism Project, David Secko previously worked as a science journalist for The Scientist magazine, Vancouver’s Tyee, the Science Creative Quarterly, Canadian Medical Association Journal and the U.S. Public Library of Science (PLoS).
Digital Journalism Instructor, Projected Futures Coordinator, Department of Journalism
Cristina Sanza is a Digital Journalism Instructor at Concordia University, who serves as the Associate Editor of the Departmental magazine, The City, and as the department's writing coach. She previously worked as a multimedia journalist and content producer for outlets including The Review, Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science and Montreal’s healthcare network.
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Journalism
Andrea Hunter has worked for CBC Radio on national and regional shows for over a decade. She was a producer, on-air contributor and fill-in host of The Roundup, a daily national arts and entertainment program on CBC Radio One. She has also been a producer, reporter, and host on morning and afternoon shows on CBC Radio One in Prince Rupert, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa.
Projected Futures 5 is a unique, blended course that features both synchronous and asynchronous online workshops and lectures. It is an unforgettable experience.
Students will complete the following during the course:
Convene online to explore the foundations of evidence-based science journalism and to get to know each other (mostly asynrchonous).
Synchronous in-person classes begin, which examine a mixture of:
- Journalism skills workshops for multimedia platforms (audio, video, photo, social media);
- Theoretical examinations of models of science journalism; and
- Interdisciplinary group-based mapping of science and society connections.
Teams are issued an all-day collaborative experimental challenge. The day ends with a virtual public lecture and reception with 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, an event dedicated to improving and shaping next generation science journalism education.
Course debrief online and the creation of an alumni network (mostly asynrchonous).
Tuition Waiver Awards
Top applicants are eligible for tuition waiver awards.
These awards will take into account your course of study, past accomplishments, particular career and/or research directions, as well as financial need if your home institution, affiliated research center, department or supervisor cannot support your travel or registration costs.
Awarded tuition waivers cover tuition costs and administrative fees associated with attending the International Graduate Summer School.
More information to come.
While parts of this course will be asynchronous, all mandatory synchronous workshops and events scheduled will take place at Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Application Deadline: Applicants can apply on a rolling basis. We recommend applying before July 1, 2022. When the school is full, it will be announced on this page.
Admission is competitive and based on demostrating your interest in the fundamentals of science journalism and new forms of scientific storytelling, as well as your past accomplishments.
Interested students are invited to send, as a PDF:
1. A letter of intent (500 words);
This letter should cover your background, current program of study, motivation for attending the school, academic/professional interests and any other relevant information.
2. A current CV;
3. Optional: 1-2 samples of any journalism, communication or media-related work.
Application packages and queries should be directed to:
*May be subject to change, these are 2021 rates. Tuition and fees associated with attending the 2022 International Graduate Summer School are based on the origin of the participant:
- For Quebec residents: approximately CAD 360
- For Canadian, non-Quebec residents: approximately CAD 900
- For international students: approximately CAD 1,900 (incl. Health Insurance*)
*International students must purchase Health Insurance through Concordia’s International Student Office (ISO) at a cost of CAD 91.58
If you cannot find what you are looking for, please email us.
- Can I get credit for this course?
Yes, but if you are not registered at Concordia, contact us and we will work with you to provide you with all the information your home institution requires.
- When does the summer school start?
The summer school begins online on August 1. Students will be given access to an online course platform to participate asynchronously. The first synchronous class is on August 8.
- Can I apply for more funding?
Yes, you may absolutely. Funding offered for a student admitted to the school will not decrease if the student has access to other sources of financial support. However, please note that tuition waviers, in part, consider finanical need when being awarded to top applicants.
- What is the language of instruction?
The language of instruction is English.
- I am about to start a MA or a PhD at Concordia. Can I apply to the summer school?
Yes, you can. Please contact email@example.com for more information about how to proceed.
- Can non-students apply?
Yes, you can. While designed for graduate students to enhance their studies and communication skills, those not in a graduate program can apply as non-students.
- Where do the classes take place?
The classes will be held at the Loyola Campus, in the CJ building, room 3.306.
- What is a typical day like during Projected Futures?
During the synchronous week, the first lecture/class of each day begins at 9 a.m. Students will have a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m., and have a second lecture/class from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- What materials should I have?
Students will need access to the internet, a laptop or computer with audio and video capabilities, and a cell phone (that is able to capture audio, photos and videos).
Work with scholars, journalists and students to articulate, debate and project your future science stories.
Share your experiments with the science journalism community.