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AI Spotlight Series workshops & webinars

Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center's AI Spotlight Series "will offer three 'tracks' of virtual trainings to address the gaps we’ve heard about from journalists and to fit into their busy schedules: one track for reporters on any desk, one for reporters focused on covering AI or wanting to deepen their knowledge of AI reporting, and one for editors commissioning stories and thinking strategically about their team’s overall coverage." Trainings are scheduled throughout 2024 and into 2025. Visit the website for full listings and to register.

The possibilities and perils of AI in the health insurance industry: An explainer and research roundup

"As artificial intelligence infiltrates virtually every aspect of life, more states in the U.S. are seeking to regulate (or at least monitor) its use. Many are passing legislation, issuing policy rules or forming committees to inform those decisions. In some cases, that includes health insurance, where AI holds great promise to speed and improve administration but also brings potential for peril, including racial bias and omissions inherent in formulas used to determine coverage approvals. "We’ve created this guide to help journalists understand the nascent regulatory landscape, including proposed state laws; which regulators are compiling and issuing guidelines; and what researchers have learned so far."

Media briefing: Social media & teen health


"An estimated 95% of teens use social media and, in a recent survey, nearly 1 in 5 teens reported being on social media platforms 'almost constantly.' SciLine’s media briefing covered how social media affects the physical and mental health of young people, including discussions about: social media usage patterns and drivers among different demographic groups; connections to mental health, including both benefits and harms; impacts on physical health via changes to sleep and eating behavior; and what parents and guardians can do to support young people’s safe and healthy social media use. Three scientists made brief presentations and then took questions on the record."

Seven lessons for journalism in the age of extreme heat

"Extreme heat is harming our societies. From children forced to stay away from school and agricultural workers struggling out in the field, to increased demand for electricity and health services, countries are not set up to deal with extreme heat in a warming world. ... "For journalists and newsrooms, this regular rhythm of extreme heat means that we can also prepare our coverage, in the same way we plan the coverage of elections, Olympic Games or the awards season. This idea ... was at the heart of our 2024 Oxford Climate Journalism Network Annual Event: Journalism in the Age of Extreme Heat. ... This is some of what we learned."
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Tip sheet: Tapping wastewater surveillance — the next big source of public health data — in your reporting

This tip sheet shares resources and reporting tips from a lightning talk that Betsy Ladyzhets gave at the 2024 Association of Health Care Journalists conference. Ladyzhets discussed where to find wastewater surveillance data, how to interpret it, and types of stories you can do based on wastewater surveillance data, whether you're covering COVID-19 or another health threat.

Press briefing: War and climate change

Covering Climate Now

"War and climate change are intertwined in ways that journalists need to understand. Violent conflicts in Gaza, Ukraine, and elsewhere are not only causing terrible human suffering, they are fueling the climate crisis." This press briefing from Covering Climate Now discusses the carbon footprints of military operations, how extreme weather can "kindle armed conflict," and how to talk about the climate crisis when war is ongoing. Panelists include Neta C. Crawford from the University of Oxford, Rawan Damen from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, and Ellie Kinney, from the Conflict and Environment Observatory.

Responsible mental health reporting: Tips from journalists

National Press Foundation

"'Everything with mental health in our country is a massive structural failure,' said author and journalist Judith Warner. That’s why covering mental health as a journalist with care is crucial. Warner, author and journalist Stephanie Foo and NPR health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee spoke to NPF’s Covering Workplace Mental Health Fellows about how journalists can make their reporting more nuanced and impactful." The session is available as a video recording and transcript, along with tips shared in an article.

How to pre-bunk climate disinformation

Covering Climate Now

"Researchers studying climate disinformation agree: 'Inoculation' is one of the most effective options for countering it, and the first step toward inoculation is 'pre-bunking,' or warning audiences in advance. In this webinar, co-sponsored by Covering Climate Now and Climate Action Against Disinformation, panelists will discuss ways journalists can get ahead of climate disinformation and 'pre-bunk' it in a way that doesn’t amplify the disinfo or cause unnecessary alarm." Amy Westervelt, investigative climate journalist and executive editor of Drilled Media, moderated the panel. The panelists were Ketan Joshi, communications consultant & author, Phil Newell, Director of Science Defense, Climate Nexus, and Dharna Noor, Fossil Fuels and Climate Reporter, The Guardian.

How to effectively cover climate change and reach an avoidant audience

International Journalism Festival

This panel at the 2024 International Journalism Festival discusses the challenge of engaging audiences in climate change coverage. It explored the questions: "How can we change our formats to meet the audience where they are? Can we be playful and entertaining in the delivery, and serious on the facts? What can we learn from successful social media narratives?" Panelists included: Juan Manuel Benitez (Columbia University), Anna Bressanin (US editor, BBC Reel), Adam Levy (journalist and climate communicator), and Amy Westervelt (founder, Critical Frequency).

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."

Battling disinformation, fending off despair and staying relevant: What’s the future for environmental journalism?


"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.

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.

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.
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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.

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."

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.

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."
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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.
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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.

Beyond the debunk: How science journalists can report on misinformation


"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.

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.

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."

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.
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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."