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Discovering Science

Science Writing

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in science; no previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in the field of science and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills, this course is designed to support you as a professional. By completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 10 hours of CPD time. You can use the hashtag #FLsciwriting to talk about this course on social media.

Topics Covered
  • Examine the different forms science writing can take, and the sources for finding out about science.
  • Examine the factors to consider when preparing to write your own science story, such as the angle, who your audience is, and why they will be interested in a story.
  • Understand how to structure a narrative.
  • Examine the different components you need to write for news articles, press releases and blogs, such as the headline for a news article.
  • Understand the importance of balance in a news story and how to achieve it.
  • Explore how to use video stories to communicate scientific information to different audiences.
  • Explore interviewing techniques to use before and during a broadcast.
  • Write a news article, blog post or video script; and review and comment on the work of other learners.

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Rating 3.5 based on 2 ratings
Length 2 weeks
Effort 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 28 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $44
From University of Leeds via FutureLearn
Instructors Paul Taylor, Martin McPhillie
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Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
Tags C R Science, Engineering & Maths

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Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile.

News Cameramen $47k

Science/EL Science Teacher $47k

News Artist / Designer $52k

Weekend News Anchor $54k

Reporter (News) $58k

News Technician $60k

News Editor, Newsnet5.com $61k

US News Reporter $72k

Many different sales & marketing positions $80k

Project Manager/ Different Appointment $101k

News Applications Developer $106k

News Anchor 4 $116k

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University of Leeds

Rating 3.5 based on 2 ratings
Length 2 weeks
Effort 5 hours per week
Starts Jan 28 (4 weeks ago)
Cost $44
From University of Leeds via FutureLearn
Instructors Paul Taylor, Martin McPhillie
Download Videos Only via web browser
Language English
Subjects Programming Engineering
Tags C R Science, Engineering & Maths