Media

Faroe Islands eclipse media panel. © 2015, Bergur Kruse

Faroe Islands eclipse media panel. 62 international media representatives were present, so we had to do two separate panels on two different days.  © 2015, Bergur Kruse

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.

Media call the day before the total eclipse in Far North Queensland. © 2012, TTNQ

Media call the day before the total eclipse in Far North Queensland. © 2012, TTNQ

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.

Media panel two days before the eclipse. (c) 2015 Associated Press

Media panel two days before the eclipse. (c) 2015 Associated Press

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.

Media come from around the world in the days before a total solar eclipse. © 2015, The Independent Traveller

Media come from around the world in the days before a total solar eclipse. © 2015, The Independent Traveller

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.