Media/Journalist Professional Development

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The 2012 New Media Practitioner Professional Development Workshop was sponsored by CCLDAS and focused on the Moon and and other small bodies. (Courtesy NASA)

LASP offers professional development workshops for social media practitioners and for traditional journalists; our focus is on providing an introduction to particular fields of space and atmospheric science, as well as to the scientific process itself.

LASP has a history of successful professional development for traditional journalists in print and broadcast media, with a recent shift in focus to include social media users. Target participants for our media workshops are those who use social media—blogs, Twitter, Facebook, podcasts, video, online communities, etc.—to inform the general public about science and, in particular, space and atmospheric science. Our attendees may or may not have formal training in either journalism or space science.

Current Workshop

The NASA GOLD Mission: Revolutionizing our Understanding of the Space Environment
January 5—7, 2018
University of Colorado Boulder
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP)

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk, or GOLD, mission will fly an ultraviolet (UV) imaging spectrograph on a geostationary satellite to measure densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere.

The 2018 GOLD science communications workshop will bring bloggers, podcasters, social media users, and other science communicators to CU/LASP for a two-day intensive workshop with GOLD team members.

The workshop will offer a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the exploration of the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere, with an emphasis on the latest—and anticipated—discoveries, as told through lectures and interaction with GOLD scientists and experts.

For more information and to apply for the GOLD science communications workshop, please visit:

Previous Workshops

Please see the list below for archived information on our workshops.