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50 Essentials on Science Communication

"This handy and entertaining book provides the basics of goal-oriented science communication. It is aimed at career-building scientists and anyone who wants to take their first steps in the field of science communication. Experienced international authors in the field share their essential thoughts on important aspects of contemporary science communication."
Article

Journalists should report on lax oversight of research data, says data sleuth

Behavioral scientist Uri Simonsohn shares his thoughts on how journalists can improve their coverage of academic fraud and misconduct. Simonsohn, who coauthors the Data Colada blog (https://datacolada.org/), urges reporters to ask researchers about preregistration and expose opportunities for fraud.
Workshop

AI Spotlight Series workshops & webinars

Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center's AI Spotlight Series "will offer three 'tracks' of virtual trainings to address the gaps we’ve heard about from journalists and to fit into their busy schedules: one track for reporters on any desk, one for reporters focused on covering AI or wanting to deepen their knowledge of AI reporting, and one for editors commissioning stories and thinking strategically about their team’s overall coverage." Trainings are scheduled throughout 2024 and into 2025. Visit the website for full listings and to register.
Organizations

Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA)

"Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture in Kenya (MESHA) is an association of journalists and communicators who are specialized in environmental, agriculture, health, technology and development reporting. It is a non-partisan and not for profit making organization which has been in existence since October 2005." MESHA offers regular and student memberships, and publishes Sayansi Magazine.
Organizations

Kenya Environment & Science Journalists Association

"Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA), a non-political, professional body for environment and science journalists in Kenya, brings together science journalists in the country to encourage high standards of professionalism and to promote a science culture by developing the skills of journalists in communicating science. Some of its objectives are to form a network of science journalists, to play a role in developing skills of journalists, to monitor Kenyan policy issues on environment and science and the media on both poor and excellent science coverage."
Article

The possibilities and perils of AI in the health insurance industry: An explainer and research roundup

"As artificial intelligence infiltrates virtually every aspect of life, more states in the U.S. are seeking to regulate (or at least monitor) its use. Many are passing legislation, issuing policy rules or forming committees to inform those decisions. In some cases, that includes health insurance, where AI holds great promise to speed and improve administration but also brings potential for peril, including racial bias and omissions inherent in formulas used to determine coverage approvals. "We’ve created this guide to help journalists understand the nascent regulatory landscape, including proposed state laws; which regulators are compiling and issuing guidelines; and what researchers have learned so far."

Upcoming Deadlines and Events

June 25, 2024

Media training: Stats essentials for math-averse reporters

This free, one-hour “crash course”—designed for reporters who cover science, health, or environment issues but lack statistics or data training—aims to take the stress out of reporting on the numbers that could be crucial to your next story.

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June 30, 2024

Deadline: Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting

The Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting honors a writer for a body of work that has made a profound and lasting contribution to public awareness and understanding of critical advances in medical science and their impact on human health and well-being.

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June 30, 2024

Deadline: Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award

CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award is intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science.

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August 1, 2024

Deadline: AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards honor professional journalists worldwide for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. The contest year is from July 16, 2023 to July 15, 2024.

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October 17, 2024 - October 18, 2024

ScienceWriters 2024 “Early Access”

This virtual component of ScienceWriters 2024 will be held October 17-18. The conference is a co-production of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW).

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October 28, 2024 - October 31, 2024

Science Journalism Forum

This virtual conference returns this year for its fifth edition, focusing on the theme "Transforming Narratives: Reshaping the Landscape of Science Journalism."

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November 8, 2024 - November 11, 2024

ScienceWriters 2024

ScienceWriters 2024 will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina. The program, which will be concentrated on weekend days, will provide extensive opportunities for professional development, career networking, as well as field trips.

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