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Engaging With the Press: A Guide for Perplexed Readers and Sources

"We train scientists and health professionals to collect and analyze evidence. Yet we’re far less intentional about equipping them to credibly communicate it in an increasingly skeptical and fragmented world." This resource, by veteran news executive Richard J. (Dick) Tofel, aims to address this challenge by preparing scientists, health professionals, and other sources of the news media to better understand the world of journalism and how they can engage with it. It describes the motivations of reporters, editors, and publishers; how material from sources is received; challenges for readers and sources, and more.
Fellowships & Grants

American Bird Conservancy Conservation and Justice Fellowships

American Bird Conservancy

"American Bird Conservancy's (ABC's) Conservation and Justice Fellowship program provides opportunities to examine and expand how we care for both birds and people. Our paid, part-time fellowships allow individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise to work closely with our staff and partners on understanding how bird conservation efforts can support local communities, ensure the consideration of varied perspectives, and engage more people." There are no education or employment requirements for applying, but fellows must be passionate about birds, biodiversity, conservation, and community engagement. The 2024 fellowships have several specific themes, including indigenous stewardship, lost birds, partnerships, neurodiversity, and education. Applications for the 2024 cohort closed on March 31, and selected fellows will complete their fellowships between June 2024 and May 2025.

Smart, useful, science stuff about COVID-19

Freelance science writer and editor Robin Lloyd's COVID-19 newsletter, which ran from spring 2020 through fall 2022, regularly shared science writing about the pandemic. The newsletter's archive offers a wealth of great articles covering all aspects of COVID-19.

Your Local Epidemiologist

Katelyn Jetelina is an epidemiologist, public health researcher, and science communicator. Her newsletter started early in the pandemic as a way to deliver COVID-19 updates, and has since expanded to other topics such as other infectious diseases, reproductive health, and gun violence. She writes, "My main goal is to “translate” the ever-evolving public health science so that people will be well-equipped to make evidence-based decisions."

Wastewater surveillance for detecting COVID-19

The People's CDC

"On August 10, The People’s CDC hosted Marc Johnson. He led us through a webinar on the importance of wastewater data and how it can aid the continued monitoring of COVID-19 pandemic." Johnson is a microbiologist and immunologist at the University of Missouri who leads the state's wastewater surveillance program and conducts research. He discussed how wastewater samples are collected and analyzed, how to understand the resulting data, and more. A video recording and transcript of the webinar are available.
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Science fiction stories with good astronomy & physics

"This is a selective list of some short stories and novels that use reasonably accurate science and can be used for teaching or reinforcing astronomy or physics concepts. The titles of short stories are given in quotation marks; only short stories that have been published in book form or are available free on the Web are included. While one book source is given for each short story, note that some of the stories can be found in other collections as well." The latest version of the list, published in January 2024, includes 88 links to published stories that are available for free online.

Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2024

International Astronomical Union (IAU)

"The Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) Conference is the only large-scale, international conference for astronomy communication. The conference is targeted towards professionals from science communication, informal education, planetaria and science centres, as well as professional and amateur astronomers, journalists and creative personalities." CAP 2024 will be hosted by La Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, France.
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Inclusive Science Communication resources

Inclusive SciComm Symposium, Metcalf Institute, University of Rhode Island

The Inclusive SciComm Symposium convenes every two years to bring together "people who work to shift science and science communication toward a just, equitable, and inclusive future." This crowdsourced resource lists topics related to inclusive science communication, education, and public engagement. This site also offers videos from past events hosted by this symposium.
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CLIPS — Communication Learning in Practice for Scientists

The University of Queensland

"In the same way that you learn to be a good scientist, you can learn to be a good communicator. Furthermore, being a good communicator will make you a much better scientist! The CLIPS website was built to provide some of the essential information on communication skills that a science student needs during their degree and in the workplace." The website includes videos and educational modules, divided into different categories for scientific study and the science workplace.
Source database

Science Writers Database

The Open Notebook

The Open Notebook has developed a free, public database of journalists, writers, editors, and other communicators who cover science and related fields. This database is intended "to help people within our community find one another and diversify their networks." Editors might use it to find freelancers for specific stories, conference organizers might use it to find panelists, and journalists might use it to find collaborators for new projects, among other potential connections.
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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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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."
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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.

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. "

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!"

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."

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."

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."

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 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)."

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."