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Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program


"The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is designed to bring journalists, scholars, politicians and policymakers to the Shorenstein Center for a semester to work on a project with a tangible output, and engage with students, faculty, other fellows, and the broader Harvard Kennedy School community." Journalists, politicians, scholars, policymakers, and documentary filmmakers are all eligible to apply for this fellowship. The program includes a stipend along with access to Harvard research resources. Applications are currently open for the 2024-2025 academic year.

How to report on the COVID-19 uptick when the public says ‘meh’


"In this late stage of the pandemic, it may feel challenging to keep COVID-19 stories fresh for a fatigued public. But COVID-19 is here to stay, so it may help to think of COVID-19 stories much as you would your annual flu stories: Even if it feels as though you’ve written it before, your audience needs the information again about how rates are trending, tips on reducing risk of infection, and what’s going on with vaccines and boosters."

How scientists can help reporters cover disasters

This interview between journalist Dan Falk and ocean chemist Christopher Reddy discusses what reporters and researchers can do to better work together on covering natural disasters and other scientific events with major impacts. "I’ll tell [colleagues] that journalists and scientists have a lot more in common — we both like to chase, we both like to investigate, and we like to write up what we find, and do it in a clever way, that people leave nourished," Reddy says.

Top tips for breaking into narrative journalism


Journalist Barbara Mantel hosted a webinar on breaking into narrative journalism with panelists Jane C. Hu, a freelance writer based in Seattle; Brady Huggett, the enterprise editor at Spectrum; and Pamela Weintraub, the senior editor for science and psychology at Aeon and the co-editor in chief of OpenMind magazine. This article rounds up the some key takeaways from the webinar. "Hu shared her experience researching, pitching and getting funding for these character-rich, complicated stories. Huggett and Weintraub talked about the hard work that goes into editing them. All three offered valuable advice to freelancers."
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Battle of the Ash Borer


Matthew Miller’s story about scientists’ efforts to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer won an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2015. The story focuses on research and conservation efforts in Lansing, Michigan, where the Lansing State Journal is based.
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The Quantum Source of Space-Time


Ron Cowen’s story about the entanglement of fundamental particles won an award from the American Institute of Physics in 2016. The story profiles researchers whose discoveries helped to connect quantum mechanics and the study of gravity. Cowen is a freelance science writer who specializes in physics and astronomy.

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September 26, 2023 - October 10, 2023

ScienceWriters 2023

Registration is now open for the ScienceWriters2023 annual conference. A co-production of the National Association of Science Writers, the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, the University of Colorado Boulder, and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the conference will offer sessions online and in-person.

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ScienceWriters2023 Colorado

October 23, 2023 - October 26, 2023

Science Journalism Forum 2023

The Science Journalism Forum is a fully virtual global event where science journalists, writers, publishers, scientists, students, and academia can share new ideas and thoughts in science journalism.

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November 8, 2023

Science essentials for local reporters

This free, one-hour “crash course” — designed specifically for local and general assignment reporters — teaches basic principles about how science works and ways it can be used to strengthen virtually any news story.

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