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Climate coverage that engages audiences without overwhelming them

"Climate change remains one of the most challenging stories for media to cover well. The sheer magnitude of the problem, and its unrelenting slow burn of destruction, makes it difficult to engage readers in a personal way." This article highlights stories by journalists around the world that are "distinctive and engaging" in their coverage of the climate crisis. The stories use multimedia and interactive tools to "immerse readers in the enormity of the issue while at the same time personalizing it to each reader, viewer, or user."
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Battling disinformation, fending off despair and staying relevant: What’s the future for environmental journalism?

SEJ

"Environmental journalism — much like the news business more broadly — is in a state of flux. An increasingly urgent climate crisis combined with an evolving media landscape have raised big questions that linger over our profession and our beat." In this session at the 2024 Society of Environmental Journalists conference, panelists grappled with these issues. They discussed how to combat climate disinformation, coping with the feeling of despair, new business models for journalism, and more.
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Too much and not enough: The challenge of conveying trustworthy information

AAAS, Kavli Foundation

2019 AAAS Kavli winner and senior WIRED editor Maryn McKenna discusses health communication and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. McKenna walks the audience through different examples of communications from early in the pandemic and identifies lessons learned from sharing health information during this emergency phase.
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Tip sheet: How to find and apply for fellowships for science journalists

CASW Connector

On November 8, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing fellowships for science journalists. Panelists offered the inside track on the fellowship experience, choosing the right fellowship for you, crafting a competitive application, and more, and answered questions from participants. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Jyoti Madhusoodanan, freelance science journalist; Neel Dhanesha, founding staff writer, Heatmap; and Deborah Blum, director, Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.
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Tip sheet: Best practices for pitching freelance stories

CASW Connector

On January 10, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing the best practices for pitching freelance stories, including how to structure your pitch, how to approach new editors, the art of the soft pitch, and much more. The panelists answered attendees’ questions, and participants discussed specific issues about pitching in breakout groups. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Robin Lloyd, freelance writer and editor, CASW president, and creator and curator of Science media outlets to pitch; Victoria Jaggard, deputy editor, health and science, The Washington Post; Esther Landhuis, freelance science & health journalist; and Debbie Ponchner, editor, Knowable en español, and CASW board member.
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How does science misinformation affect Americans from underrepresented communities?

Boston University

"New Boston University–led research has found historically excluded and marginalized Americans may be more vulnerable to inaccurate notions about science due to 'structural and institutional power dynamics.'" The Brink, Boston University's online publication for sharing research news, spoke to paper author Michelle Amazeen about the study's findings.

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June 17, 2024 / 11:59 pm EST

Deadline: SEJ Awards for Reporting on the Environment

SEJ's 23rd annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism in 10 categories, bringing recognition to the stories that are among the most important on the planet.

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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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