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Topic: Journalism and communication practice

Conversations on trust in science and technology

University of Waterloo

This event featured Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland, who spoke on the importance of trust in science and technology, followed by a panel discussion with Canada Research Chair Ashley Mehlenbacher, and University of Waterloo's Dean of Engineering Mary Wells. The lecture launched a new scholarly network at the University of Waterloo, called the "Trust in Research Undertaken in Science and Technology (TRuST)" network. Find more details and a link to a video of the event at the link below.

Covering Health: Monitoring the pulse of health care journalism


Covering Health is a blog run by the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Its contents include reporting tipsheets, articles about specific health topics, interviews with journalists about their work, updates from AHCJ's leadership, and more. The blog is free to read, AHCJ membership not required.
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SciComm Lexicon: A visual science communication glossary

The SciComm Lexicon is a glossary of more than 170 terms, many of them illustrated, that "will help scientists and communicators alike better understand, reflect on and apply the concepts or best practices of science communication." The creators will soon release a graphic novel called "The SciComm Letters" as well.

Are Facts Enough? The Power of Community – Annual science literacy workshop

Gairdner Foundation, Canadian Association of Science Centres

"The Gairdner Foundation's second annual Science Literacy Workshop is back on September 21! In partnership with the Canadian Association of Science Centres' ScienceUpFirst initiative and RCIScience, and sponsored by the Government of Canada and CIHR and TELUS Health, this free, in-person workshop will explore what science literacy is and its role in building science culture. Join us during Science Literacy Week as we seek to uncover the power of community, and how researchers and science communicators can work with and within communities to foster science culture from the ground up. This interactive workshop is a unique opportunity to network and collaborate." Attendees can join in-person (and receive free dinner) or watch the event online through a livestream.

Scienseed Newsletter

This monthly newsletter, from science and technology communications company Scienseed, delivers news, tools, research updates, and other information for science communicators. Scienseed is an international company based in Spain.

Science Editor

Science Editor is a magazine published by the Council of Science Editors (CSE). New issues are published quarterly, in print and online. "The mission of Science Editor is to provide editors and staff with the knowledge, skills, and concepts they need to run the best version of their journal or other publication in pursuit of improving the scientific literature."

How — and why — to write a science news release

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

"Researchers write journal articles to share information about what they’ve learned and how they’ve learned it. But those articles are only able to impart that information if people read them. The role of a news release, in this context, is to raise awareness of a new discovery via established news media outlets (even if that discovery is a negative result). Put in more practical terms, the role of the news release is to get reporters interested in writing about new research findings, with the resulting news stories letting a much broader potential audience know that the related journal article exists. So, whether you are a journal editor, a researcher whose work is being highlighted, or someone tasked with writing science news releases, it is important to understand how these releases are developed."

AMWA 2023: Medical Writing & Communication Conference

American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)

The American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)'s annual conference includes training sessions and networking opportunities. Topics for the 2023 meeting include regulatory writing, health communication, scientific publications, career development, freelancing, grant writing, and more.

Science essentials for local reporters

SciLine, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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. Former longtime Washington Post science reporter Rick Weiss and Ph.D. neuroscientist Tori Espensen cover do’s, don’ts, and pitfalls to watch for when including science in your news reporting. This course is offered periodically throughout the year; check the link for the next offering.
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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:

Opinion Science: The science communication podcast series

Opinion Science

Opinion Science is a podcast exploring the science behind our opinions, where they come from, and how they change, hosted by social psychologist, Andy Luttrell. In the summers of 2022 and 2023, Opinion Science featured conversations with science communicators, covering how they got into science communication, their approach to conveying research findings in an engaging way, and what you can do to be a more effective communicator. Guests include Joss Fong, David McRaney, Daniel Pink, Steve Rathje, Melinda Wenner Moyer, Siri Carpenter, and Latif Nasser.

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.

Science Blogging: The Essential Guide

"Here is the essential how-to guide for communicating scientific research and discoveries online, ideal for journalists, researchers, and public information officers looking to reach a wide lay audience. Drawing on the cumulative experience of 27 of the greatest minds in scientific communication, this invaluable handbook targets the specific questions and concerns of the scientific community, offering help in a wide range of digital areas, including blogging, creating podcasts, tweeting, and more. With step-by-step guidance and one-stop expertise, this is the book every scientist, science writer, and practitioner needs to approach the Wild West of the Web with knowledge and confidence."
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Pitch Publish Prosper: Online resources for The Science Writers’ Handbook


This collection of online resources on the NASW website accompanies The Science Writers Handbook, both produced by an online community of science writers called SciLance. "The Science Writers' Handbook was published in 2013, and for two years SciLancers also produced a blog — Pitch Publish Prosper — with nearly 300 posts. A collection of the 20 most popular posts is now archived here under four headings: Freelancing 101, Pitch, Publish, and Prosper."

Fancy Comma blog

The Fancy Comma blog includes insights on all things science writing: science communication, science writing, science journalism, science copywriting, and more, updated weekly. It accepts pitches; see Fancy Comma also offers a resource page with suggested links for anyone interested in getting into science writing:

Ten simple rules for scientists engaging in science communication

The author writes: "I am a postdoctoral fellow and freelance science writer and editor. Here, I describe 10 simple rules for planning, developing, and evaluating science communication activities. Though I focus on scientists communicating with nonscientists, much of the advice applies to other forms of science communication such as expert-to-expert communication (e.g., talks and posters at conferences). As my goal is to guide inexperienced scientist-science communicators through the practical basics of getting started with science communication, the rules are ordered to encourage a step-by-step process."
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Science Literacy Foundation Resource Guide

Science Literacy Foundation

"Science Literacy Foundation has curated a comprehensive database of science literacy-related information, including resources in journalism, education, academia, and policy. This living, open-access document is designed to help you network, find partners, conduct research, and reach new audiences."
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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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De-Jargonizer: Analyze the amount of jargon in your writing

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

"The De-Jargonizer is an automated jargon identification program aimed at helping scientists and science communication trainers improve and adapt vocabulary use for a variety of audiences. The program determines the level of vocabulary and terms in a text, and divides the words into three levels: high frequency/common words; mid-frequency/normal words; and jargon – rare and technical words."

NASW mid-career mentoring videos


"In the spring of 2022, NASW’s Journalism Committee offered a Mid-Career Mentoring Program. Real-time participants attended online seminars and participated in a Slack group over the course of several months. Recordings of the seminars, which feature writers and journalists sharing expertise on topics such as negotiations and contracts, mid-career resumes, career shifts, and more, are now available below for all NASW members to learn and grow from." Note that the recordings are restricted to NASW members; you must be logged into the NASW website to view.

NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards


"The National Association of Science Writers established the Excellence in Institutional Writing Award in 2018 to recognize high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf of an institution or other non-media organization. Cash prizes are awarded and entries are open to all and free for members." Awards are open for submissions from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 each year, and winners are presented at the NASW/CASW ScienceWriters conference in October.

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. "

APS Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach

American Physical Society (APS)

"This award recognizes the humanitarian aspect of physics and physicists created through public lectures and public media, teaching, research, or science-related activities. Recognition consists of a stipend of $3,000, Nicholson medal, and a certificate which includes the citation for which the recipient has been recognized."
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Getting started in science journalism

The Open Notebook

"The Open Notebook has published hundreds of articles and other resources aimed at helping science journalists sharpen their skills—and helping newcomers get started. This page contains a subset of those resources, with a focus on what’s most relevant to people who are getting started in science journalism. Dig in!"