Working with journalists: Additional Resources

Media InterviewYou and the Media phone card (PDF)
Print out this AGU guide and keep it by your phone in case a reporter calls.

AGU Message Worksheet (PDF)
Use this worksheet to synthesize your research into a brief message (also known as an “elevator speech”) for any audience.

“Know your PIO” from The Scientist
This brief story from The Scientist will tell you everything you need to know about working with a public information officer to share your science news with journalists.

Directory of Science Communications Courses and Programs
Browse a comprehensive list of science communication programs in the United States provided by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tips for scientists contributing to press releases from COMPASSblogs
This blog entry for public information officers and scientists preparing a press release reminds you to keep the details at the top, provide original photos, and explain the science in simple term.

Writing for Eos
Tips on Eos style guidelines.

How to submit to Eos
A guide to the Eos manuscript submission process.

Submissions: The Communications Consortium Media Page
Newspapers will typically give guidelines in their opinion pages for how and where to submit letters to the editor and op-eds. For reference, however, this page from the Communications Consortium Media lists guidelines for many major U.S. papers.

The Op-Ed Project
This site gives guidelines, examples, advice, and submissions information for writing and submitting op-eds. (See their list of “Resources”—including writing approaches and “How to Pitch”—in the lower left portion of the page.)

The Magic Word
Inside Higher Education: Why it’s important to keep a light and personal tone in your op-ed.