Personal Statement

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I started my career in an unorthodox way: delivering science and technology news directly to live audiences from a stage. I was an early member of the experimental Current Science & Technology Center at Boston's Museum of Science, an effort to bring cutting edge science to adult members of the public through extended interactions with science journalists in an informal education setting. I was fortunate enough to work alongside a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism, a former producer for NOVA, the current executive director of the National Association of Science Writers, and other highly skilled science communicators. I considered these people my journalism professors, and worked with them to develop the skills I still use to translate research and scientific news for my audiences. Because of my bachelor’s degree in physics, my main focus was on space science, though I also reported on major events such as the Indonesian tsunami and the 2005 Kashmir earthquake. On a more ongoing basis, I researched, designed, and presented a wide variety of programs on many topics, such as the This Week In Space Science live/multimedia presentation I gave for over a year. In addition to the live reporting on stage, I regularly wrote news articles for the museum's website. As I began working at the museum, the Current Science & Technology Center staff started reporting for the New England Cable News channel. We selected, researched, and presented stories in twice-weekly live segments on the morning or evening news. This experience led to multiple invitations for me to discuss space science on the local Fox affiliate and Comcast's CN8 channel, along with a segment on alternative fuels on NPR's The Bryant Park P... ... middle of paper ... ...d scientists to produce short videos that make their fields and their work more accessible. These videos are posted on and on YouTube. The series for JNCI is an audio program where I interview researchers about papers published in the journal to bring scientific work to the public at a level that is easier to comprehend. Though almost all of the work I have produced as a journalist has been done while working for nonprofit or educational organizations, I am proud of the fact that I have always approached each story, video, or audio program as purely news. In all of this work, I have refused to cover topics that would give the appearance of being public relations rather than journalism. To me, the most important thing a journalist has is the trust of their audience, and maintaining that trust is essential, no matter what organization you work for.

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