Science Communication Workshop Series presented by CDLS Science Journalism Workshop


CDLS Science Communication Workshop Series: Science Journalism

Workshop on crafting compelling narratives and navigating the media landscape with Los Angeles Times Science Reporter Corinne Purtill

As part of our ongoing commitment to fostering inclusive and impactful science communication, the Center for Diverse Leadership in Science (CDLS) at UCLA is thrilled to invite you to a series of workshops aimed to empower you with effective communication skills to convey your work to diverse audiences. Our next workshop of this series will take place on April 25, 2024 at 3pm-6pm PT and will focus on ‘Science Journalism’ with guest speaker, Corinne Purtill from the Los Angeles Times. 

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by April 22, 2024. This is an in-person workshop. However, we will provide a Zoom link for those who would like to listen in for the presentation portion of the workshop. The Zoom link will only be provided to those who RSVP. Space is limited, so reserve your spot as soon as possible. Light refreshments will be served. Masking is optional although strongly recommended indoors.

Workshop Highlights

  • Evaluate the newsworthiness of your research
  • Learn how to engage with journalists and the media
  • Rehearse a media interview,  sitting in the “hot seat”
  • Prepare for a planned or hypothetical media engagement

For those who would like to practice being interviewed during the workshop, please send a two-paragraph summary of the research paper or project you wish to discuss by April 23, 2024 to Ezgi Kunttas (

For any questions, please contact us at

More about our facilitator

Corinne Purtill is a science reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Prior to this role, she reported on behavior, aging, science, health, and technology for the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, and elsewhere. In her work she tries to understand why humans do the things they do, and how people make sense of their own stories over the course of a lifetime.