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Mission Statement

CU Science Update serves to make science learning fun and inspiring. The series fosters Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education efforts on the CU campus and in the Boulder community. We serve to support scientific literacy in people of all ages



In an era where science coverage in conventional media is declining, science journalists are turning to new media (blogging, podcasting, online videos).  The Internet audience now has access to more science coverage than ever before. CU Science Update strives to keep science stories in the public eye, and perhaps even help science better penetrate the news cycle.

CU and the Boulder community is a mecca for science and technology. Organizations such as the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, Ball Aerospace, and the National Institute of Standards have thrust Boulder's scientific community in the media spotlight. 



We are a video podcast series where each episode is a combination of separate segments that all feed into a single topic. Stories are often built around research projects that include professors and students. The best stories are those where the audience identifies with the human passion for science. 

The segments include, but are not limited to, host and field-produced video packages. The entire program is shot in high-definition. The length of the shows vary, anywhere from 10 minutes to nearly one hour. On average, most shows are roughly 20 minutes long.

Principal Positions



Field Reporter




Host Segment

The host provides background to the topic and introduces the packages. Most shows will have one host who appears in a location that is relevant to the topic. The host will often help explain key concepts in the science, sometimes even providing demonstrations. 


Requirements for the Host:

a)    Wear casual clothing with collars or lapels where a lavalier microphone can be attached;

b)    Avoid clothes with complicated patterns, and avoid bright white since bright colours can appear to "glow" on camera and renders skin tones dark.

c)    The host conveys enthusiasm and credibility, reading in a manner that is engaging. 

e)     The host should work closely with the producer and faculty adviser to generate a script that is written conversationally. The student will then make time to read the script and become intimately familiar with it prior to the recording date. Some memorisation is a must, but usually in only small chunks at a time.


Field Packages

The packages are self-contained stories similar to news packages, but longer (TRT 3-5 minutes, or even longer). The purpose of the field package is to illustrate the topic, usually with a character. The story takes viewers on-location where the research is being conducted. The elements of the package include an interview(s), b-roll, reporter standup (required), reporter VO and NATS (natural sounds). 

Requirements for the Field Reporter:

          a)    Know your subject and get to know the scientist so you can tap into their humanity and passions. 

          b)    During the interview, listen for sound bites that provide interesting details.

          c)    Try to get the scientist to avoid using jargon, or get them to explain it.

          d)    Engage viewers with creative stand-ups (mandatory)  

          e)    The reporter writes the script, which is then reviewed by the faculty adviser for approval.



     Resources for Finding Stories:

There are many places where you can stories.


CU Science News Sources

Jim Scott, CU Boulder Press Office, is an amazing source for all things science coming out of CU - 303.492.3114 - A site where Jim Scott makes contributions and also includes stories out of Boulder and surrounding communities – you can type in the search field, Jim Scott and Boulder and get results of stories from CU. News Releases:

Science Education – improving STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)CU Science Discovery, Stacy Forsyth,, 303.735.6443

Teaching and Learning Physics and The Partnerships in Informal Science Education Noah Finkelstein, Assoc. Professor, Physics Education Research, Dept. of Physics,, 303.735.6082


Type University Colorado Boulder in the search fields on the following sites:

Science Daily at

Discover Magazine at

Ball Aerospace

Geological Society of America

National Centre for Atmospheric Research

National Institute of Standards


Fiske Planetarium

Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Nature Conservancy