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CDC Museum COVID-19 Timeline

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Smithsonian Institution

This timeline, compiled by researchers at the CDC Museum and Smithsonian Institution, provides a recap of important moments in the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and around the world. It starts in December 2019 and extends through 2022. Items on the timeline include important research, government actions to contain the virus' spread, case and death milestones, and more.

Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources is a nonprofit that aims to help journalists "understand and report on the intersections between society and the environment." The organization offers training and support for journalists covering environmental issues, with a focus on hands-on workshops and field reporting opportunities.

Abortion pill mifepristone: An explainer and research roundup about its history, safety and future

"Amid pending court cases and ballot initiatives, journalistic coverage of medication abortion has never been more crucial. This piece aims to help inform the narrative with scientific evidence." The article includes an explanation and history of medication abortion research and data on access to these medications, and recommendations of sources who may discuss this topic.

Media training: Stats essentials for math-averse reporters

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

“Many journalists lack confidence when including numbers in their reporting, or they fear misrepresenting the data when it comes to covering facts and figures, studies, or technical reports. This free, one-hour “crash course”—designed for reporters who cover science, health, or environment issues but lack statistics or data training—aims to take the stress out of reporting on the numbers that could be crucial to your next story.” The webinar will be led by Tori Espensen and Emily Mueller, both trained scientists and science communicators. Upcoming dates in 2024 include June 25 and October 24.
Fellowships & Grants

MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowships


"The MIT Environmental Solutions Journalism Fellowship 2024 supports freelance and staff journalists associated with U.S. local/regional newsrooms in developing a high-impact news project that reports on how climate change and/or the shift to a low-carbon economy relates to local communities and regions, in a way that centers local messengers, values, and priorities." Fellows receive support via a virtual workshop with MIT climate scientists, access to an editor, training on MIT resources, republication of the project through MIT and its partners, and stipends of $10,000 plus up to $5,000 for reporting expenses. The deadline to apply for the 2024 fellowship is April 28.

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.

Analysis and updates from the COVID Tracking Project

The COVID Tracking Project

The COVID Tracking Project was a volunteer organization launched from The Atlantic and dedicated to collecting and publishing data about COVID-19 in the U.S. The organization's archive of blog posts, written by staff and volunteers, cover how it collected, analyzed, and interpreted data from public health agencies.

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."

COVID-19 Weather Report

The People's CDC

This newsletter from the People's CDC shares news and updates about COVID-19 and related public health issues. It focuses on "the latest information about how COVID-19 is spreading and the best ways to protect yourself and others from its many effects," along with new research, commentary, and opportunities for advocacy.

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.
Resource Database / Guide

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.
Training program

Broad Institute 2024 Media Boot Camp

Broad Institute

"This annual program connects health/science journalists and editors with faculty from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Harvard’s teaching hospitals for a two-day event exploring the latest advances in genomics and biomedicine. Journalists will explore possible future storylines, gain fundamental background knowledge, and build relationships with researchers. The program format includes presentations, discussions, and lab tours." The boot camp will take place in person at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17. Apply by Friday, March 22.

2024 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Metcalf Institue, University of Rhode Island

"Metcalf Institute’s Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists is for full-time journalists working in any medium who want learn more about research and topics relating to climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and justice. It’s designed to bolster your understanding of the methods, norms, and culture of science, with hands-on activities, field trips, and opportunities to develop relationships with scientific experts and with your other fellows! We welcome journalists of all beats, such as arts & culture, business, technology, policy, and politics, as climate change shapes all of these fields with ever-increasing urgency." The 2024 workshop will have a special focus on water issues and climate change. It will take place in person at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI. on June 3-8, and applications are due by February 12, 2024.

2024 Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards

Covering Climate Now, Columbia Journalism Review

The Covering Climate Now Journalism Awards, presented with the Columbia Journalism Review, "honor excellent reporting on critical dimensions of the climate story, from throughout the world." "For 2024, we’ve taken our categories in a significantly new direction. CCNow has identified 14 subject-based categories, whereas in previous years categories were defined by medium. This change will help elevate work on specific and important aspects of the climate story — for example, solutions, justice, and health. To showcase the many ways journalists across the world explored similar subjects, we plan to honor multiple winners in each category, reflecting a range of styles, story lengths, outlet sizes, and geographic regions." The 2024 competition honors works published in 2023. The deadline is March 1, 2024, and entry is free of charge.

Covering long COVID, the hidden epidemic

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

"Up to one in seven people in the U.S. have had long COVID, according to one of the most recent estimates. But it’s still getting relatively little coverage, not nearly capturing the scale of this debilitating condition for which no approved treatments exist. In this webinar, we heard from a rehabilitation physician who specializes in treating people with long COVID and a journalist who has been living with the condition. Watch the recording to learn what you need to know about long COVID, best practices in covering it and the importance of speaking with people who are dealing with it." A transcript of the webinar is also available.

Media briefing: Renewable energy and the grid


"Americans are increasingly making the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, with solar and wind leading the charge. SciLine’s media briefing summarized progress towards U.S. renewable energy goals and addressed hurdles that remain for communities—including technical and economic challenges that local governments and utilities must overcome to integrate new solar and wind sources into the grid, and ways that everyday life may change for individuals in a renewable future. Three panelists made short presentations and then took questions on the record." A transcript of the briefing is also available.

Covering obesity: 6 tips for dispelling myths and avoiding stigmatizing news coverage

"Dozens of academic studies spotlight problems in news coverage of obesity. To help journalists reflect on their work and make improvements, we asked seven experts for advice."

EMTALA and abortions: An explainer and research roundup

"Under a federal law, hospital emergency departments must provide appropriate emergency medical treatment to any patients who need it. But now the U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case that questions the law's precedence over state-level abortion bans." This article explains what journalists should know about the law, called the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA. It includes links to research papers and suggestions for finding expert sources on this topic.

Out of this world: Writing space books

DC Science Writers Association

"From the moon to the far reaches of the universe, there’s a lot to cover in the realm of space science. How do authors find book topics, research them, and put them together into engaging works? In this panel, hosted by DCSWA on November 8, 2023, hear from preeminent science writers David W. Brown, author of “The Mission,” and Jaime Green, author of “The Possibility of Life: Science, Imagination, and Our Quest for Kinship in the Cosmos.” The panel was moderated by Liz Landau, science writer and DCSWA board member."

Health Journalism 2024


The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) will hold its annual Health Journalism Conference from June 6-9, 2024 in New York City. HJ24 will "bring together journalists, health care professionals, policymakers and experts from various fields to explore and discuss the latest trends, challenges and innovations in health journalism." The conference features "keynote speakers, interactive workshops, field trips, panel discussions and networking opportunities, providing a platform for attendees to deepen their understanding of crucial health issues and enhance their reporting skills."

How to cover academic research fraud and errors

This tipsheet shares a video recording and key takeaways from a webinar that The Journalist's Resource hosted on November 30, 2023. The event featured Ivan Oransky, Elisabeth Bik and Jodi Cohen, three experts who all have experience covering, monitoring, and detecting research misconduct.

Everyone is a climate reporter now

"For many news organizations, especially local ones, climate coverage is still seen as separate and distinct from other beats. But rapidly rising temperatures and a corresponding shift in weather patterns is now the context for most, if not all, news stories." In this article, writer Jill Hopke argues that all reporters should receive training in covering climate issues and discusses some suggestions for how to implement such training.
Resource Database / Guide

Tipsheet: Covering long COVID

This tipsheet shares tips and resources from a session at NICAR, the data journalism conference, about covering Long COVID informed by data, records, and patient experiences. The summary of the session reads: "Long COVID is a public health crisis: Millions of Americans have been impacted by this debilitating condition, many of them facing lost work, hard-to-access medical care and other challenges. This session will introduce you to the basics of covering Long COVID from a data/investigative perspective, including recommendations for datasources, records requests and patient interviews."

Exploring mathematics’ uncrowded space for journalists and writers

International Center for Journalists

This webinar, part of a series about mathematics reporting, discusses how journalists and writers can cover this topic. The session was led by Erica Klarreich, a mathematics writer whose work has been featured in many well-known publications and multiple editions of The Best Writing on Mathematics. Klarreich explained how to uncover captivating stories and opportunities for covering mathematics.

How to pitch climate change stories to editors

International Center for Journalists

This webinar discusses how journalists can wade through the extensive public discussions around climate change to pitch stories that are urgent and impactful. The event featured Greg Mott, sustainability editor at POLITICO, who shared tips for story pitches he would like to see.