Last weekend was the World Science Festival here in New York, and among the many events was a multi-session program on science communication. Called Science & Story, it involved panels about science in documentary film-making, science improvisation, great science storytellers, and finally, science in print media.
The brought prominent science writers such as Carl Zimmer, Seth Mnookin, Emily Bell, Bora Zivkovic, and Andrew Revkin together to discuss the quickly shifting nature of science journalism. During the talk, Zimmer brought up the lack of public relations training in science degrees, and how it hurts scientists as they now face an ever vigilant, pervasive, online media.
I immediately saw a parallel in my own education as an artist, having graduated and finding myself without the slightest idea how to sell my work or promote myself as a business. Because business classes weren’t required, nobody ever took them, nor were they recommended by professors, who I’m sure would rather see you working in the lab/studio.
So riddle me this, should related interdisciplinary courses be required by those seeking degrees in a specialized field such as art or science? At what point does having to take economics classes take time away from training in your desired field?
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You can view a quick-fire report of the Science in Print event here.
Full disclosure: Maki works for the World Science Festival on their website and blog.