Sean Cummings

UC Santa Cruz

“Science Communication”

As a science communicator, I seek out the most impactful stories in science across a broad range of fields and translate them into accessible and engaging forms for non-scientist audiences. The Science Communication Master’s Program at UC Santa Cruz trains me to do this through written journalism, audio and video platforms, and data visualization.

ABSTRACT

We don’t care about what we don’t know. Science addresses this by offering an endless stream of knowledge — but often in forms that exclude non-scientists. As a science communicator, I work to make the most noteworthy stories about science accessible and engaging for everyone. The Science Communication Master’s Program at UC Santa Cruz trains me to do this through written journalism, multimedia, and data visualization. It also provides opportunities to practice those skills through internships and freelance assignments with professional news outlets: since September 2022, I have written for Mongabay, Eos, The Mercury News, Good Times, and the Santa Cruz Sentinel. I’m currently working as an intern with Deep Look, a wildlife and nature video series by KQED in San Francisco. I will use these experiences to propel me towards a career in science journalism, eventually focusing on magazine writing. I love learning about science across a wide range of fields while also figuring out which words will let me share it with others — and, in so doing, perhaps inspire them to care about it.
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