Crash Course: Science Essentials for Local Reporters

SciLine has helped thousands of journalists add small but important doses of science to their local news stories. Now, they’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.

This Crash Course will cover science essentials for local reporters. The one-hour session is free and open to local and general assignment print, radio, and TV reporters.

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