WGBH and the Rita Allen Foundation are partnering to create the Rita Allen Fellowship for Science Communication that will provide a year's support for one fellow to study the field of science media, experiment with media formats, and work to expand science literacy among the public. The fellow will have an office at WGBH Boston, 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 will also aim to identify best practices to provide all science media producers with tools to reach new audiences more effectively.
The selected fellow will live in Boston during the length of the program, beginning no later than January 1, 2018. The fellow will work closely with the NOVA Science production unit, including the NOVA Next digital platform that publishes a highly successful science blog and short-form videos, and creates immersive videos and other opportunities to experiment in a variety of media. The fellow will spend the year examining the state of science communications, looking at audiences, formats, and approaches.
Candidates for the fellowship will be early- to mid-career science media producers, journalists, or working scientists with a commitment to science communication. The program is looking for candidates who are self-starters and can:
• assess the state of science communication in an area of focus or in multiple areas
• research and write about their findings
• conduct personal investigations and projects that complement their assessments or focus on additional research areas.
The fellow will share their findings and experiences with science educators and mass audiences by publishing or presenting them via print, text, audio, video, digital and social platforms.