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Finding diverse sources for science stories

The Open Notebook has compiled a number of resources and strategies that reporters can use to ensure their stories include more diverse voices, and are more accurate and complete as a result. "Strategies for finding diverse sources can include drawing on publicly available scientist databases, social media accounts and hashtags, affinity organizations in STEM, sources, colleagues, public information officers, expert-referral services, and online discussion groups. We also suggest ways for editors to support reporters’ efforts to include more diverse sources, including by creating a newsroom culture that welcomes collaborative discussion about diversity (in sourcing and other respects), by setting and tracking goals, and by encouraging and concretely supporting reporters’ sourcing efforts."
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Epic list of math communicators

"There is an abundance of amazing channels, websites, and organizations dedicated to making math accessible and engaging. So I decided to compile a list of over 100 math communication resources," list author Suzza Silver writes. Silver includes videos, podcasts, books, articles, websites, and more. The list is built in Notion, so users of the web app can make their own copy of the list.

Talking Maths in Public

Talking Maths in Public is a U.K.-based conference that runs every two years for people who work in, or otherwise participate in, communicating mathematics to the public. The event is independently organized, and funded by ticket sales and grants from mathematical institutions. TMiP is run by an independent committee of people who work in different areas of math communication, and the event includes workshops provided by expert guests, discussions on varied topics, networking sessions and chances to share ideas and showcase projects. For those in the U.S., you can learn about and join an effort to create a U.S. based conference inspired by TMiP here:

SciPEP 2023: New Insights for Communicating Basic Science

SciPEP (Science Public Engagement Partnership), a collaboration of The Kavli Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, will host a virtual conference for science communication scholars, practitioners, and trainers to exchange research and insights, and engage around ideas for next steps to support discovery science communication. The two-day program, to be held July 25-26, 2023, follows up on a 2021 convening that brought together more than 1,200 participants from 60 countries.
Fellowships & Grants

Civic Science Fellows Program

Rita Allen Foundation

The goal of the Rita Allen Foundation's Civic Science Fellows Program "is to co-create strong, diverse, and inclusive connections between science and civic life." Civic science fellows "are emerging leaders from diverse demographic, cultural, and professional backgrounds. They are thought leaders, bridge builders, change agents, and communicators working to learn about community priorities and scientific research and bring those worlds together on equal footing to create fundamentally new ways of solving problems."  For the duration of the 18-month fellowship, civic science fellows are embedded at host institutions ranging from media organizations and scientific societies to academic institutions and philanthropies. Applications for the 2024-25 Civic Science Fellows Program will open in November 2023.
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Education and training in environmental journalism


This list of environmental journalism resources, hosted by the Society of Environmental Journalists, is primarily designed for instructors and educators, though it also includes some resources for students. It includes links to textbooks, readings on environmental journalism, teaching guides, journals in science and environmental communication, and more.
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Reporting with Numbers

Reporting with Numbers is an extensive guide to using math in journalism, based on research by Knology and PBS News Hour. It covers math, statistics, graphs, data visualization, risk, and more in the topics of polling, health and medicine, climate, and economics. Its key goal "is to discover ways for making numbers in the news more accessible to the general public."

AAPT Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

"Named for Paul E. Klopsteg, a principal founder, a former American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) President, and a long-time member of AAPT, the Klopsteg Memorial Lecture Award recognizes outstanding communication of the excitement of contemporary physics to the general public. The recipient delivers the Klopsteg Lecture at an AAPT Summer Meeting on a topic of current significance and at a level suitable for a non-specialist audience and receives a monetary award, an Award Certificate, and travel expenses to the meeting. Self-nomination is not appropriate for this award. "

D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA)

"With around 500 members, DCSWA is the largest independent regional science writing association in the country. Founded in 1987, its members include writers and editors from nearly all the major news outlets in the Washington, D.C. area, public information officers from agencies and institutions, and freelancers." "Much of DCSWA’s activity focuses around events that bring science writers and communicators together for socializing, networking and professional development. Our biggest event is our annual Professional Development Day, typically held in early April or late March."

Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA)

"NCSWA sponsors quarterly dinner meetings and a number of special events, including Zoom talks, happy hours, workshops and field trips. ... We also schedule several special events each year. These have included guided explorations of the Hayward Fault, the Sutter Buttes, and Jasper Ridge Reserve, behind-the-scenes tours of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, a Napa Valley tour on the science of winemaking, campouts at UC Natural Reserves, and workshops on the business of freelancing and computer-assisted reporting. "NCSWA membership is open to open to all science writers and communicators, no matter where you live!"

SciComm Trainers Network

SciComm Trainers Network

The Science Communication Trainers Network is a community of individuals and organizations who are committed to advancing science communication training that builds scientists’ capacity to engage diverse audiences and strengthen relationships across society. It has a Slack community and maintains the blog SciCommBites, a research summary blog dedicated to digesting and translating the latest science on science communication.

Course in Science Journalism – World Federation of Science Journalists

World Federation of Science Journalists, SciDev.Net

This free online course in science journalism was developed by the World Federation of Science Journalists in close cooperation with the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net). The course is ready for use by professional journalists, journalism students, and teachers. Each lesson consists of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments. Course materials are available in 10 languages. "The lessons cover major practical and conceptual issues in communicating science. They explain how to find and research a story, how to identify which expert is right, how to interview, how to write, and how to use social media."

Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA)

"We bring together audiences for improving the craft of writing and communication, and we hold events to spur learning about transformational themes in science. "Please consider joining us, if you agree with our mission to improve science literacy and improve the professional lives of our members. We collaborate with many other science-focused organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including Science on Tap, the Pacific Science Center, the Forum for Science, Ethics and Policy, and others. We also maintain good relationships with the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, and we have partnered on events with a range of journalism organizations including the Asian American Journalists Association-Seattle, Seattle Association of Black Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington Pro Chapter."

San Diego Science Writers Association (SANDSWA)

"The San Diego Science Writers Association (SANDSWA) is a growing group of writers, including staff journalists, freelance journalists, public information officers, students and other science communicators in the region."

Science Writers Association of the Rocky Mountains (SWARM)

"The Science Writers Association of the Rocky Mountains (SWARM) works to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community among science writers, communicators, educators, students, and others in the Rocky Mountain region who are interested in writing about science for the public. Through networking, development and other events, we help science writers advance their professional skills. We aim to promote accurate, accessible, and ethical science writing as well as foster the understanding of science and technology and their relevance to society through scientific literacy. We host virtual and in-person events for science writers, organized by a volunteer board, and are a 501(c)(3)."

Science Writers in New York (SWINY)

"Science Writers in New York (SWINY) is composed of editors and writers who cover science and medicine in the print and electronic news media as well as public relations professionals who promote science. Anyone with an interest in science communication is welcome to become a dues paying member, and non-members are encouraged to attend our events."

Science Writers of the Upper Midwest (SWUM)

"Science Writers of the Upper Midwest (SWUM) is a new regional Science Writers group to join the ranks of others like it (SCONC, SWSWA, SWARM, etc.) and is focused on people living it up in the Upper Midwest! "The purpose of our group will be to support each other in our science writing endeavors, from practicing pitches and swapping stories to guest lecturers and general hangouts."

Austin Texas Science Communicators (ATXSciComm)

"ATXSciComm is a diverse, inclusive group of science communicators — including writers, artists, designers, producers, scientists, teachers, editors, creators, students, and more — based in Central Texas."

COVID-19 Data Dispatch

The COVID-19 Data Dispatch is a weekly newsletter and blog focused on tracking the COVID-19 pandemic, written by Betsy Ladyzhets. It includes news updates, data sources, best practices, and more.

Inclusive SciComm Symposium

University of Rhode Island

"The biennial symposium brings together people who work to shift science and science communication toward a just, equitable, and inclusive future. Attendees work across diverse disciplines and settings, such as practitioners, researchers, teachers, students, community organizers, engineers, medical and technical professionals, and more. "The next symposium will take place both virtually and in-person. The in-person part of the conference will take place at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, U.S.A., October 19-21, 2023;  virtual sessions will be held on 9/29/23, 10/6/23, 10/13/23, and 11/3/23."

Cracking the Code: Influencing millennial science engagement

An exploration of millennials’ science media consumption habits, curiosity about science, and cultural beliefs has revealed some useful insights for engaging this generation when it comes to science. The series of articles is the product of a three-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to KQED to work in partnership with academic researchers at Texas Tech University’s Science Communication and Cognition Lab.

Science for All and All for Science: Road map to a new science literacy

In this white paper, the Science Literacy Foundation redefines science literacy for the 21st century, mapping out the challenges and opportunities ahead. "In the SLF view, being scientifically literate means having the cognitive skills for independent, critical thinking; the curiosity required to seek new information; and an understanding of science as a dynamic, pragmatic process that anyone can harness to better their life or their community. In this view, science literacy isn’t just something individuals can practice. Groups can practice science literacy collectively to answer questions and solve problems."
Training program

EdX: Science Communication Course

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

"This course explains why science communication is important and what it looks like in practice. It also teaches you the basic concepts and fundamental skills you need to master science communication yourself. The course explores research-based, practical ideas and inspiring stories from the field based on conversations with over fifty expert interviewees worldwide, including best-selling popular science authors and leading science communication researchers." This 10-week, self-paced course, created in 2022, is free. Subtitled in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.