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Communications and Media Engagement Programs

These programs are designed to empower faculty to more effectively engage with the media and communicate their research to the public, in writing, in person, and on social media.

Please see our latest brochure HERE, and look for emails from our office with sign-up information. Contact Joan Johnson, Director for Faculty, at joanmjohnson@northwestern.edu with questions.

Media Engagement 101

October 8, 2019, Chicago
10-11:20am

October 9, 2019, Evanston
10-11:20am

Media relations experts from Northwestern’s Office of Global Marketing and Communications hold training sessions on everything you need to know about dealing with the media, from how to prepare for interviews to how to best position your work so that journalists want to tell your story. Learn more.

Yes, And! Using Improvisation to Communicate Science to the Public

October 30, 2019
9:00am-2:30pm. Lunch provided.

Heather Barnes, an expert in improvisation and communicating science, leads a series of hands-on improve exercises designed to increase communication skills when working with the public, media, and others in your field.

Powerful Presentations

January 31, 2020
9:00am-2:30pm. Lunch provided.

Heather Barnes, an expert in improvisation and communicating science, teaches you how to elevate your presentation skills, create strong PowerPoint slides, and more effectively convey your research to colleagues and the public.

Getting Started Building Your Academic Brand: Social Media Workshop

Feb. 25, 2020
12noon-1:30pm. Lunch provided.

Rachel Davis Mersey, professor at the Medill school, leaders an interactive session on building your intellectual presence on social media. The first session focuses on how to use social media – especially twitter – to communicate and connect with others including the media.

Building Your Academic Brand: Advanced Workshop

April 28, 2020
12noon-1:30pm. Lunch provided.

Rachel Davis Mersey, professor at the Medill school, leaders an interactive session on building your intellectual presence on social media. The advanced session explores more advanced community-building techniques to create a personal brand.

OpEd Project: Public Voices Greenhouse Program

Summer 2020

This program provides a select group of Northwestern scholars across all disciplines with the resources, support and skills needed in order to dramatically increase their visibility and influence as thought leaders in academia and the world at large. Learn more.