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GSA Science Communication Fellowship

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GSA Science Communication Fellowship

(GSA) is headquartered in Boulder, CO, but our Fellow may work remotely from any U.S. location. (No relocation assistance is available.) Work will be conducted primarily via telephone and computer, with required travel to Indianapolis, Indiana, for our annual conference, in November.

The Fellow will receive $8,000 in compensation plus paid travel to Indianapolis (expenses and accommodations) as noted above.

Description: This position is intended for writers aspiring to increase their knowledge and skill for communicating geoscience and its value to society. The fellowship is an opportunity for an early career professional or recent graduate to gain experience and professional contacts working for a well-established and respected science organization.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop 12 press releases throughout the Fellowship term and 'pitch' them for coverage according to plans developed with GSA staff:

- Nine selected from the Society's top-rated, peer-reviewed geoscience journals, in concert with GSA staff and science editors (approximately one per month) and

- Three (during October) from abstracts submitted by scientists to the extensive technical program for the GSA Annual Meeting, working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders.

Earth science research topics may include environmental/natural hazards, climate change, planetary exploration, resources (energy, water, mineral), paleontological discoveries, and much more.

Candidates should understand how to interview authors to capture the significance of their work for non-scientific audiences, and translate technical research papers into well-developed and compelling press releases for general media outlets with lay readership. GSA will provide access to a comprehensive media database for targeting appropriate coverage.

Participating Institution(s):
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Geological Society of America (Lead)

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Academic Disciplines:
Digital Media
Geological Sciences

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Page last updated 8/21/2018
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