SMASH Fellows – Creating Cross-Industry Cohorts

SMASHlogoJackson Hole WILD continues to innovate as the world’s only research-based industry conference for science and natural history filmmakers. The biennial event, hosted in the shadow of the Grand Tetons, is widely recognized as the “Oscars of the nature film world”, drawing over 600 delegates and an online audience of 10,000+. This September, Jackson Hole WILD will host the Science Media Awards & Summit in the Hub (SMASH), its increasingly popular “off-year” event presented in collaboration with WGBH in Boston, MA.

3DViewersIn addition to over 300 film and science professionals, the 2016 SMASH event will see the launch of a pioneering fellowship program, designed to bring together up to 20  leaders in STEM research and science filmmaking. Science communication experts from the Smithsonian Institute, National Geographic, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as mentors from among the SMASH delegates, will guide an international cohort of SMASH Fellows through intensive cross-industry training aimed at forming collaborative creative groups. Together, emerging leaders selected as SMASH Fellows will shift the traditional paradigm of media creation from a model of one-time interviews, to a collaborative production effort that increases the breadth and rigor of science topics reaching mainstream audiences.

Prospective SMASH Fellows are encouraged to submit an application by May 16, 2016. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a passion for science communication and a desire to elevate science literacy among the general public.

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