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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."

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.

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.
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Know your research: Helping journalists understand academic research

This section from The Journalist's Resource features articles and tipsheets about reporting on scientific research. Topics covered include understanding research methods, finding and recognizing high-quality research, avoiding missteps when reporting on new studies, and more. New articles are added to the section every few weeks.

How extreme heat affects human health: A research roundup

This tip sheet from The Journalist's Resource focuses on who's at most risk from the effects of climate change. "Studies show that extreme heat can affect most people, particularly vulnerable populations like children, older adults and outdoors workers. We round up recent studies that shed light on how warming temperatures due to climate change are affecting various populations."

Media briefing: Psychedelic drug therapies

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

"Some U.S. states are legalizing, decriminalizing, or funding research into therapeutic uses of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs. Several others are considering doing so. SciLine’s media briefing covered the latest research on uses of psychedelics to manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, and depressive disorders, as well as the risks, barriers, and potential for misuse of psychedelic drug therapies. Three panelists made brief presentations and then took questions on the record."

EurekAlert! – Science news service

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

"EurekAlert! is a nonprofit news-release distribution platform operated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as a resource for journalists and the public. EurekAlert! hosts news releases produced by universities, journal publishers, medical centers, government agencies, corporations, and other organizations engaged in all disciplines of scientific research. News releases must meet EurekAlert!'s longstanding eligibility guidelines in order to be accepted and hosted on the website."

Media briefing: Extreme heat update

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

"Dangerous and record-breaking heat continues to afflict multiple regions of the United States. At SciLine’s media briefing, scientists updated reporters on the health impacts of extreme-heat exposure; approaches to protecting public health during a heat wave; the role of climate change in the current heat situation; and forecasts for the future. A panel of experts made brief presentations and then took questions on the record."

Covering contaminated sites in your community


"Most of us have a contaminated site near us, but without reporters playing a watchdog role these sites often languish for decades, potentially impacting the health of community members. In this webinar, investigative journalist Jordan Gass-Pooré provides tips on the ways journalists can report on contaminated sites by incorporating local voices who have been personally impacted by the pollution that created the contaminated sites, and the knowledge of experts who lay out how future extreme weather events fueled by climate change may threaten to further spread that pollution if clean-up is not done quickly and thoroughly." Links to a video recording, chat log, and slides are available.