Telling Your Story: Tips from Journalists to Bring Your Research to the Public

Please note that this event has been rescheduled to March 11, 2019.

The Collaboratory on School and Child Health, the Neag School of Education, the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), and the Department of Journalism bring you

Telling Your Story: Tips from Journalists to Bring Your Research to the Public

WHAT: A two-part workshop series on writing for the mainstream media about academic research.

Participants may choose to attend one or both sessions (however, Part I is strongly encouraged for Part 2 attendees).

WHERE: UConn Storrs Campus, Gentry Building
(March 11: Room 144; April 1: TBD)

WHEN: Part 1: 4-6 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019
Part 2: 4-6 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019

Part 1 (open to 50 people)

Join media panelists for a discussion on how to write for the public about your research. As panelists share their stories and advice, topics will include:

• how to pitch a story
• news writing vs. academic writing
• how to target specific audiences
• how to use social media as part of audience engagement process

Panelists include:
Lynne Delucia, Connecticut Health Investigative Team (C-HIT);
Theresa Sullivan Barger, journalist and freelance writer;
Carolyn Lumsden, Pulliam Fellow and former Opinion Editor at The Hartford Courant; and
Marie Shanahan, UConn professor of journalism

Part 2 (open to 20 CSCH affiliates. Becoming an affiliate is easy! Follow this link.)

Put your learning into action! This session will include a “writer’s workshop” in which attendees will bring their written dissemination piece.

Building on Part 1, interested participants will create a dissemination piece about their research (e.g. op-ed, The Conversation, plain-language research summary) to share in a Part 2 “writer’s workshop.” In the workshop, attendees will share their work, receive constructive feedback from journalists and peers, and meet in small groups to revise their pieces. Pre-registration is encouraged given max capacity of 20 participants.

To register for Part 1 or both Parts, visit