For journalists who are convinced that scientists are by nature tight-lipped, humorless, and obscurely esoteric, the prospect of interviewing an eminent molecular biologist or condensed-matter physicist is about as appealing as a trip to the orthodontist. On the other hand, deadline-driven reporters and editors aren't exactly appreciated in the science community for their patience in hearing out all of the crucial details about a researcher's experiments. Sometimes, it seems to scientists that provocative sound bites are all that interest the newshounds.

Enter the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is hoping to change these negative perceptions with a fellowship program that sends science and engineering graduate students to work as reporters, re- searchers, and production assistants at mass media organizations.

The AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program has two primary objectives: to strengthen the relationship between scientists and the media and to sharpen scientists' skills...

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