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Biomedical Research and the Media

Offered Spring semester

Topics for this module include writing stories for print journalism, media relations, social media, and media training in interviewing. Participants will complete three writing assignments during the module. At the conclusion of this module, participants will understand the process of interviewing one or more sources and writing a publishable news story on a biomedical research or health topic; understand the daily interactions between the local and national media and a medical center such as Vanderbilt that seeks to influence both public health and its national reputation via media relations; and understand the key role of social media in the modern media environment.


Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

Offered Fall and Spring semesters

In this module, experts from the Vanderbilt Writing Studio teach scientists to become more effective writers. Sessions focus on understanding reader expectations, foundational principles of argumentative structure, and writing cohesive paragraphs and sentences. A third session is held that consists of a hands-on workshop, working with consultants at the writing studio to assist participants with a piece of their own work. The practical strategies taught in this module can be applied to all types of documents, from grant applications to peer-reviewed manuscripts.