Science in Media: Get Started

Create a YouTube channel

You don't need much to create a YouTube channel. As you become more practiced, you might want to upgrade your equipment. As far as software goes, most of what you'll want can be found in iMovie, but Final Cut Pro is a popular choice is you are willing to pay for the license. You can find tips on video blogging ("vlogging") on the Vlog Nation webpage.

Create a Podcast

The key to a good podcast is good sound quality. Make sure to find a space to record your podcast with low background noise (not outdoors, if you can help it), and invest in a directional microphone. The use of a pop filter helps cut down on the "popping sound" p's, b's, and d's make when recorded, but the same effect can be achieved using a homemade pop filter.

Develop and practice public speaking skills

There are not many workshops for science communicators that help develop public speaking skills, but you can always audit an undergraduate class in public speaking at your school or university. You can practice these skills by participating in outreach events or by giving a public talk. If you are interested in giving a public talk somewhere, you should reach out to the people organizing local lecture series and offer to present. Some public talks are more formal (such as a public speaking engagement at a research conference, or at a museum), but some are much more informal (such as Nerd Nite). You can also participate in speaking competitions, such as FameLabThree Minute Thesis, or the Flame Challenge.

Get active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and/or other social media platforms

Social media is a fantastic way to reach a general audience and practice your communication skills. Once you gain followers, you can also promote your online content via social media platforms. We suggest participating in AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions, either on Twitter (take over our guest Twitter!) or on Reddit (sign up for a Reddit AMA).