As a psychologist and academic, I recognise that the media play a hugely important role in communicating about the eclipse experience within the community before an eclipse, and I am happy to support eclipse outreach in this way.
Over the years I have undertaken a huge number of radio and TV interviews, and have contributed to many articles about the eclipse experience, as well as help to facilitate live media broadcasts. I have also been featured in podcasts and documentaries about eclipses.
The bulk of these requests come in the days leading up to a total solar eclipse, when suddenly the international media descends and everyone wants to know the same thing. In recent years, I have been a fan of organising specialist media panels to try to make this process more coordinated and time efficient. This has been essential for myself – where I can easily get 10 requests per day to meet in different locations, and journalists – who are under enormous time pressure to turn around stories. These have worked very well and this is a model I will continue to use in the future.
Along with reactive media, I also think there is a proactive media role to play. I do this by engaging in media within the path of totality to help engage the local community. This is really fun, and I especially like doing radio call-in sessions. I have also been commissioned to write articles, however during very busy times this can be difficult to do.
I can talk from my own personal experience of having a total solar eclipse transform my life, of being an eclipse chaser, of an eclipse tour leader, and an eclipse planner. However, unlike most other eclipse chasers, I can also talk from a research perspective, based upon the hundreds of surveys and interviews I have undertaken with people about their eclipse experience.
If you are looking for detailed information about the totality experience, eclipse chasers, and to get a good feel about what it is like for an individual or a community to experience a total solar eclipse, then do get in touch using the form below – I’m happy to help.
For detailed queries regarding the science of eclipses, how they occur, and detailed information regarding the circumstances of the eclipse path for the 2017 total solar eclipse, I would recommend contacting others who have expertise is the science of eclipses – some links can be found here.
Over time, I aim to develop this page and post links to online articles, newspaper reports, radio and podcast recordings, and documentaries.