Sciline Crash Course: Science Essentials for Local Reporters

Event Date: 
November 8, 2023

SciLine is a free service for journalists and scientists based at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society. Editorially independent, nonpartisan, and funded by philanthropies, SciLine has a singular mission of enhancing the amount and quality of scientific evidence in news stories. Accuracy, clarity, fairness, transparency, and an unwavering commitment to evidence are core to that mission.

SciLine has helped thousands of journalists add small but important doses of science to their local news stories. Now, we’re offering a FREE one-hour “crash course” — designed specifically for local and general assignment reporters—to teach basic principles about how science works and ways it can be used to strengthen virtually any news story.

Former longtime Washington Post science reporter Rick Weiss and Ph.D. neuroscientist Dr. Tori Fosheim will together lay out key do’s, don’ts, and pitfalls to watch for when including science in your news reporting. Among the topics covered:

  • Knowing whether and how science can enhance your story;
  • Different kinds of studies and what each can—and cannot—reveal;
  • Practical tips for identifying credible scientist-sources and interviewing them; and
  • How to get the essentials from scientific reports, studies, and press releases.

Forty-five minutes of interactive teaching will be followed by a 15-min open Q&A.

When: Nov 8, 2023 @ 2-3 p.m. ET

REGISTRATION IS FREE AND OPEN TO LOCAL AND GENERAL ASSIGNMENT PRINT, RADIO, AND TV REPORTERS. REGISTER HERE.

Can’t make this session? SciLine will have more sessions scheduled in 2024!

 

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