Science Journalism from Indonesia: Thanks and farewell to Dyna Rochmyaningsih

We’d like to thank Dyna Rochmyaningsih for tweeting for us for the week of the 20th July! As you can see we’re running a bit behind on the farewell posts at the moment – but we’ve been trialing a new system for information/feedback gathering, and hope it’ll streamline things in future.

Dyna is a Science Journalist from Indonesia, and if you’re interested you can pop back and read her intro post here.

Dyna quite fearlessly jumped into the deep end with regards touchy topics in science during her week tweeting for @RealScientists – the religion and science discussion, for example. If you want to recap her week of tweets, hit this link here for a time-stamped search of her stellar efforts.

As part of our new outro process, Dyna answered some more questions for us. (The constant desire for data collection – it’s the scientists’ curse!)

How did you find your week as a curator?

It was great. Curating for RS is a good way to find out how scientists think in their perspective. I love to share my love for science such as cooking science (this one was really fun) and the clash between science and religion (this one was sensitive, controversial, but many people were so engaged!). And the best thing is, everyone seems listening to you because you are RS. That’s what I felt. Hehe

Were there any lowlights?

I was a bit discouraged when someone said that my tweet sounds like a rubbish. It was controversial science though, I was trying to explain the situation but perhaps he thought I supported that controversial science (electricity cancer therapy). But I think it’s minor.

It can be a shock talking to 12,000 people. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Yes, people were still discussing on vaccine or GM, while I was trying to make a new thread. I couldn’t RT all the tweets

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I wanna engage more with science journalism and get more connection with international science journalists.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

Share what you really love about science. That could be fun!

What TV show do you think everyone should go watch right now?

Cosmos definitely.

Thank you so much, Dyna! We really enjoyed having you with us. If you want to follow Dyna, she continues to tweet @dynablossoms!

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