Different media outlets provide a conduit that connects specialists,
be they scientists or sailors, car or sports enthusiasts, with an
interested and often non-specialized or unqualified public. None
of us are specialists at everything - even within our specialized
subjects - hence the value of the 'New Scientist' or 'Australian
Sailing' magazine, for example.
I have always been a firm believer in talking about my scientific
interests with the public, starting with children's TV programs
in UK in the early 1960s, talks to community groups and schools,
news and current affairs interviews for radio, TV and the print
media. Articles for popular journals such as Air Niugini's in-flight
magazine, 'Paradise', proved a good vehicle for showing off colour
photos (see WASPS).