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Covering abortion as a health care story, not just a political one

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

"Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, pregnant people continue to have difficulty accessing abortion care across the country. During a panel at HJ24, a group of medical professionals discussed the impact of the reversal, including what they’re seeing on the ground." The panel included insight from doctors and recommendations for journalists.

Media briefing: Reproductive health and abortion


"This briefing, part of a series of SciLine media briefings covering key issues in the 2024 election, covered what the latest scientific research says about the latest stats on abortion, including geographic, demographic, and late- versus early-term distribution; the types of abortions that are available remotely and in healthcare settings, including surgical versus medication, and their relative prevalence; physical and mental health effects of getting an abortion or being unable to access a desired abortion; and challenges in data collection and data reliability."

Trauma-informed journalism: What it is, why it’s important and tips for practicing it

"Experts and journalists who have researched and worked with trauma survivors say that practicing trauma-informed journalism not only leads to better, more accurate stories, but also helps protect survivors from further harm." This explainer and tip sheet is based on a review of several reliable sources on trauma-informed reporting and interviews with Elana Newman of the Dart Center, and Tamara Cherry, founder of Pickup Communications PR agency, both experts who focus on this area.

Why this matters: How to cover health disparities more effectively

A new study from researchers at Cornell University found that how health disparities were framed in news articles had an impact on readers' perceptions of their risks. AHCJ spoke with Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D., who led the research, about this work and "what journalists can do to improve their coverage of health disparities while thinking about the impact their language has on readers."

What’s a nationally representative sample? 5 things you need to know to report accurately on research

"Journalists can’t report accurately on research involving human subjects without knowing certain details about the sample of people researchers studied. It’s important to know, for example, whether researchers used a nationally representative sample." This article explains what a nationally representative sample is, why this is important, and how journalists can evaluate such samples when covering research papers.
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Tip sheet: Reporting on hot-button topics as a science writer: Lessons from abortion coverage

CASW Connector, The Journalist's Resource

On July 11, CASW Connector and The Journalist’s Resource hosted a Chat discussing how journalists can better cover hot-button topics, focusing on abortion as an example of a medical topic that has become increasingly political. The panelists shared lessons from their research and reporting, offered guidance for journalists covering abortion, and answered questions from the audience. The event was moderated by Naseem Miller, senior health editor at The Journalist’s Resource, and the panelists were Sarah McCammon, national political correspondent at NPR who covers abortion policy among other divisive topics, and Katie Woodruff, public health social scientist in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at the University of California, San Francisco.

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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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