Break the Rules

Students and scientists gathered in Seattle last week to talk about how to succeed in their careers—not only as scientists—but as American Indians and Hispanic individuals.

So I was honored to speak about science communication that impacts Indian tribes and share my blogging stories at the annual SACNAS conference (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science).

The organizers asked me to talk about writing essentials for online media—how do you tell your story? How do you reach audiences?

Minority Postdoc—which sponsored my trip–asked me because only a handful of folks talk about science and American Indians.

My advice?

Write about what you know. Write about what you love.

In a truly narcissistic stroke, I break the rules. Rather than writing for my audience, I write for me.

My blogs run a gamut from musings on journalism to science in Indian country. I often riff on what attracts other writers, from the discovery of the Higgs Boson to a new book on vaginas.

In the final analysis you have to write for yourself because it is the best way to be true to yourself.


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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