Careers in Science Broadcasting: Resources


Gathered by your star-struck team of Next Wave writers and editors, the following are a few of the useful Web links we've found to help you launch your career in science broadcasting. If you find any we've missed, please e-mail us!


Germany: Discovery Campus offers a variety of training opportunities for young filmmakers in its Munich-based Discovery Campus Masterschool. (This site has both German and English versions.)

Singapore: The Ngee Ann Polytechnic offers a specialized Diploma in Film, Sound and Video to train students for careers in the broadcast industry. This is the only training of its kind in Singapore. Graduates can join the industry as film or video editors, assistant producers or directors, cinematographers or videographers, production managers, assistant audio engineers, and computer graphics or animation assistants.

Singapore: The Tamasek Polytechnic offers a broad-based Diploma in Communications and Media Management. Graduates can work in the mass media or in related areas such as video and multimedia production, advertising and promotion, public relations, corporate communications, marketing communications, publishing, and sales and marketing.

Singapore: The National Technological University offers a graduate Master of Mass Communications for those planning a career or already working in the communications industry. The curriculum includes media theory, research, policy, planning, and management, with an emphasis on Singapore and Asia.

U.K.: The MSc in Science Media Production, a brand-new degree course for 2001, is spawned from Imperial College's well-known Science Communication Masters. Read more about it in Next Wave's feature story.

U.K.: The Web site skillsformedia provides information about getting in or getting on in the media--at the click of a mouse. Produced by the broadcast media union BECTU and Skillset (see next entry), it is not specific to science broadcasting. But it's full of useful stuff such as case studies of people who've made it into the media, showing what a wide variety of backgrounds they have and routes they took.

U.K.: Skillset, the U.K.'s National Training Organisation for Broadcast, Film, Video and Interactive Media, runs media information days and produces A Career Handbook for TV, Radio, Film, Video and Interactive Media, which can be bought on the Skillset site for £9.99.

U.K.: The Radio Academy is "the professional body for those working in or with an interest in radio." It organizes workshops and masterclasses, and its site includes a multimedia package Getting into Radio. (Next Wave's U.K. editor couldn't get the package to work--but then, she classifies herself as "a bit of a technophobe.")

U.K.: BBC Training and Development, or "Auntie Beeb," bless her, runs lots of courses in all aspects of media work--and many of them attract subsidies from Skillset or offer big discounts for freelancers.

U.K.: The National Film and Television School, based in West London, runs short courses as well as a 2-year M.A. in Film and Television.

U.K.: Blaze the Trail is a training provider aimed at people who want to break into the film and TV industries. The only course they seem to have scheduled right now is on scriptwriting.

U.K.: The free way of getting training is to volunteer. Find your nearest student station on the Student Radio Association site. And read Next Wave's feature story on how one student got onto TV the same way.

U.S.: The Center for Science and the Media is beginning programs to train broadcast science journalists, to work with kids to develop their understanding of science news, and to help scientists communicate their stories better to the public. The center is located in Stamford, Connecticut, in the metropolitan New York City area.


International: The International Documentary Association connects filmmakers with various funding sources.

U.K.: Approximately every other year, the Wellcome Trust runs a Science on Stage and Screen competition that "seeks to engage the public's interest in biomedical science or human health, through the support of new drama, film/video and television, and multimedia productions."

Broadcasters and Production Companies

These are just a handful of the many organizations making science programs. See how it's done!

International: Discovery Communications uses global media platforms to explore science and technology, people, places and cultures, history, the natural world, exploration and human adventure, and health.

International: The National Geographic Society produces the Explorer series for public television.

Canada: Discovery Channel Canada has a national, daily TV science news program called The show's producers also post a lot of material on their Web site, including news stories and programming details. The show is produced in Toronto by CTV. Read the thoughts of one of Discovery Canada's journalists in Next Wave's feature story.

Canada: Canada's only science radio show, Quirks & Quarks, has aired every Saturday for the last 9 years. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) produces the show in Toronto. Read Next Wave's feature story.

Canada: The CBC's national TV science show, The Nature of Things, is hosted each week by none other than David Suzuki. The show is produced in Toronto.

Germany: Deutsche Welle, Germany's voice abroad, offers a scientific program on Deutsche Welle radio. Read Next Wave's feature story.

Germany: Two of Germany's high-class scientific TV programs are Quarks & Co. and Nano. (These sites are in German.)

Germany: It might be made for kids, but it's not for children only. In the 21st year of his show, Peter Löwenzahn still explains scientific phenomena to children. And Germany's Next Wave editor still watches his program!

U.K.: The BBC's scientific output is produced by its Science and Natural History divisions. Read Next Wave's feature story to learn about how the Beeb is making science broadcasting a more interactive experience.

U.K.: These days Channel 4's Equinox gives the veteran BBC series Horizon a run for its money.

U.K.: Astronomer Nigel Henbest is a director of Pioneer Productions.

U.K.: Find out how some Cambridge University students ended up running their own weekly science show, The Naked Scientists, on local radio in this recent article from BBSRC Business.

U.K.: The Vega Science Trust aims to create a platform for the science and technology communities, enabling them to communicate on all aspects of their fields of expertise using new TV and Internet opportunities. Vega has made over 40 programs, 30 of which have been broadcast on the BBC2 Learning Zone.

U.S.: The Science and Technology News Network ( STN2) produces science and technology news stories for television and the Internet. Coproduced by award-winning ScienCentral Inc. and the nonprofit Center for Science and the Media, STN2 stories are distributed by ABC NewsOne Services to the newsrooms of all ABC affiliates and to several local cable networks.

U.S.: PBS broadcasts many science programs, such as NOVA (see Next Wave's feature story) and Scientific American Frontiers.

U.S.: Frontline has long served as the flagship public-affairs series for American public television.

Job Hunting

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International: Networking, networking.... Each year, the World Congress of Science Producers holds a meeting on the present and future of science broadcasting. It's a great way to immerse yourself in the field.

U.K.: Got a great program idea? Find out about the BBC's commissioning process (and learn special information about submitting program ideas to BBC Scotland).

U.K.: The Media Guardian is THE place to look for science communication jobs.

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