With today’s full (or partial, depending on your location) solar eclipse happening across the U.S., my pick for Cool Job of the Week is a no-brainer: Science Reporter!
If you turn on any TV station today, you’re going to see a science reporter in action. Today they’ll be focused on explaining how a solar eclipse happens, how to view one safely (don’t forget your eclipse glasses!), and where you can find the path of totality – the places across the country where the sun will be fully covered by the moon’s passage.
Even if you don’t have a TV, you can tune into NASA’s coverage of the eclipse at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive/. The folks presenting on NASA’s website are a mix of scientists and communications experts, all employed by NASA.
Want to know more about the life of a science reporter?
Check out the Columbia Journalism Review for a great article on David Perlman, a science reporter for the The San Francisco Chronicle who recently retired at the age of 98. He advises: “Be a reporter. It’s the best job in the world.”