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Topic: Journalists
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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."
Video

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.
Resource Database / Guide

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.
Resource Database / Guide

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.
Article

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.
Fellowships & Grants

Ocean Reporting Network

Pulitzer Center

"Applications are now open to join the second cohort of the Ocean Reporting Network (ORN), a fellowship program that gives professional journalists the opportunity to spend a whole year working on an in-depth or investigative ocean story. "We welcome ambitious proposals on the main ocean threats of climate change; over- and illegal fishing; biodiversity loss and pollution; and the species, ecosystems, and communities that are being impacted. But we also strongly encourage proposals on underreported topics that also deserve attention." Fellows will receive funding for their reporting, training opportunities, access to data and documents, options to collaborate with other fellows, and more. The deadline for the 2024-2025 fellowship is May 26, 2024.
Science writing example

The Stargazers

CASW

In this feature for Science magazine, freelance science journalist Joshua Sokol describes how Indigenous Maya are working with Western scholars to understand the ancient Maya astronomy buried by Spanish colonists hundreds of years ago. Sokol has won awards from CASW, the American Astronomical Society, the American Institute of Physics, and the American Geophysical Union.
Fellowships & Grants

Nova Institute 2024 Media Fellowship

Nova Institute for Health

"The Media Fellowship program aims to give recipients the time, space, and resources to research, write, and speak about issues that validate and show the importance of an expansive health framework. Media Fellowships are one year in duration and full-time, allowing recipients to undertake their projects in a comprehensive and creative manner." Print, broadcast, and digital journalists are eligible to apply. The fellowship award is $100,000 over 12 months, with an additional $7,500 for travel expenses. This award supports a fellow's living expenses, project-related expenses, conference fees, and more. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort are due on May 28, 2024, and the fellowship term begins on September 16.
Resource Database / Guide

Tip sheet: Science journalism and communication in the misinformation era

CASW Connector

On April 16, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing science journalism and communication in the misinformation era. The panelists talked about key concepts – and misconceptions – that journalists and communicators encounter in combating misinformation, shared insights from research on how people process information, and answered questions from the audience. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Kai Kupferschmidt, contributing correspondent at Science and Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and Briony Swire-Thompson, director of the Psychology of Misinformation Lab and assistant professor of political science, psychology, and network science at Northeastern University.
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Memory and belief regression after the correction of misinformation

Harvard University; Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy

"After misinformation has been corrected individuals initially update their belief extremely well. However, this change is rarely sustained over time, with belief returning towards pre-correction levels. In this edition of the Misinformation Speaker Series, Briony Swire-Thompson discusses a study aimed to examine the mechanisms of belief regression, and whether corrected misinformation suffers more from belief regression than affirmed facts."
Article

Misinformation, trust, and personality in journalism: A conversation with Kai Kupferschmidt

Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT

Science Magazine contributing writer Kai Kupferschmidt has "witnessed how social media — and the personalities who populate it — can impact the public’s ability to distinguish facts from fiction. Now, as a 2023-24 Knight Science Journalism Fellow, Kupferschmidt is digging deeper into those issues." In this interview, he discusses his plans for his MIT fellowship and his perspectives on misinformation and related issues.
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Reducing health misinformation in science: A call to arms

"The public often turns to science for accurate health information, which, in an ideal world, would be error free. However, limitations of scientific institutions and scientific processes can sometimes amplify misinformation and disinformation... We characterize this article as a “call to arms,” given the urgent need for the scientific information ecosystem to improve. Improvements are necessary to maintain the public’s trust in science, foster robust discourse, and encourage a well-educated citizenry."
Resource Database / Guide

The Debunking Handbook 2020

The Debunking Handbook 2020 is a guide to debunking misinformation. While it was developed by climate scientists, the tactics described apply to a variety of scientific topics. The Handbook was written by 22 scientists through a consensus process and has been translated into about 20 languages.
Resource Database / Guide

The Drilled 2024 Guide to Climate Disinformation

This guide, from climate accountability newsroom Drilled, unpacks the fossil fuel industry's key misleading messages. It covers gas prices, offshore wind and whales, development in Global South countries, misleading terms, and more. Drilled plans to keep the guide updated as messaging changes.
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Beyond the debunk: How science journalists can report on misinformation

NASW

"The key to correcting misinformation is to debunk it quickly, and ideally prebunk it before it even sprouts. At the ScienceWriters2022 national meeting in Memphis, journalist Kat Eschner taught attendees multiple tools for writing different types of stories to combat misinformation, in a session titled 'Beyond Fake News: Reporting on Misinformation.'" This recap article summarizes key points and resources from the session.
Fellowships & Grants

Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship

Climate Tracker, Open Society Foundation

This fellowship offers "a unique opportunity for Caribbean journalists to hone their skills, tell important stories, and make a real impact in their communities." Over the course of five months, fellows will receive training, support to produce five stories, and engagement opportunities. The fellowship stipend is $200 per month. The 2024 application deadline was April 22.
Video

How to use ocean data for journalism

Pulitzer Center

"Ocean data is diverse and can range from information about vessels, cargo, currents, and biodiversity, to scientific databases about salinity and pollution levels. Utilizing ocean data in reporting enhances the accuracy, accountability, and predictive capabilities regarding ocean-related issues. Access to databases helps journalists, scientists, policymakers, and the general public understand the complexities of ocean ecosystems and the impact of human activities on marine environments." The panelists in this webinar from the Pulitzer Center are: Alexandra Talty, Pulitzer Center Ocean Reporting Network Fellow; Alexander More, climate and health scientist at Harvard University; Georgios Hatzimanolis, head of global communications and branding at Kpler/MarineTraffic; and Jean-Charles Gordon: ship tracking director at Kpler/MarineTraffic.
Resource Database / Guide

Disinformation Resource List — Floodlight & Drilled

Drilled, Spotlight

This tipsheet, compiled for a session at the 2024 Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) conference, shares an extensive list of resources for reporting on climate disinformation. The tipsheet's authors write: "There are so many different flavors of climate disinformation out there, and especially in an election year when climate is on the ballot it can feel overwhelming to sort through it all. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite resources for checking sources, following the money, and sorting fact from fiction. "
Article

Misinformation: 3 tips to help journalists avoid being part of the problem

"In his new book, How America Lost Its Mind, Harvard Kennedy School professor Thomas Patterson charts the dramatic rise in misinformation over the past three decades. On everything from climate change to vaccines, millions of Americans hold views that are wildly at odds with the facts and are confounding efforts to deal with the nation’s policy problems." In this article, "Patterson offers journalists three tips on how to avoid being part of the misinformation problem as well as suggestions for what to do instead."
Article

Preventing the Spread of Misinformation & Disinformation

Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)

This statement from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) offers guidance to journalists on how to protect against spreading false and misleading information.
Resource Database / Guide

How to Responsibly Report on Hacks and Disinformation: 10 guidelines and a template for every newsroom

Stanford Cyber Policy Center

"The run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election illustrated how vulnerable our most venerated journalistic outlets are to a new kind of information warfare. Reporters are a targeted adversary of foreign and domestic actors who want to harm our democracy. And to cope with this threat, especially in an election year, news organizations need to prepare for another wave of false, misleading, and hacked information." This report offers a playbook for newsrooms to adopt that includes "core principles and standards for reporting on newsworthy events involving false, misleading and hacked information."
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Why We Believe — Framing the disinformation crisis for journalists

National Press Club Journalism Institute, American Psychological Association, PEN America

"Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and disinformation. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible and targeted — and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to pre-bunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is more essential than ever as Election Day 2024 nears. The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the American Psychological Association, and PEN America produced a program on strategies for coverage that informs and empowers communities and discussed the ways disinformation has affected the practice of journalism." Panelists are: Tiffany Hsu, reporter on the technology team covering misinformation and disinformation, New York Times; Shannon Jankowski, program director, journalism and disinformation for PEN America; Jay Van Bavel, director of the Social Identity & Morality Lab and associate professor of psychology and neural science, New York University. The panel was moderated by Beth Francesco, executive director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute.
Resource Database / Guide

Tipsheet: Data for wildfire investigations

NICAR

In this tipsheet from a session at the NICAR 2024 conference, journalists provide tools and tips for "reporting on the entire wildfire prevention and control ecosystem, which spans dozens of agencies at federal, state and local levels, billions of dollars and sometimes (often) unfathomably cumbersome bureaucracy." The tipsheet includes reporting tips, data sources, document suggestions, and more. An audio recording of the session is also available at: https://resources.ire.org/audio/20240308-30538.mp3
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Tipsheet: Data and accountability on the climate change beat

NICAR

In this tipsheet from a session at the NICAR 2024 conference, journalists describe how to use data and documents to report on environmental issues. The tipsheet includes example FOIA requests, data sources, story links, and more. An audio recording of the session is also available at this link.