To help journalists cover rising temperatures, newsrooms need to start with climate literacy

Sahana Ghosh, associate editor at Nature India, describes lessons and takeaways from a workshop that she led to help Indian newsrooms address climate misinformation. “I came away with a strong conclusion: there is a clear need for climate literacy in newsrooms,” Ghosh writes. “Without it, journalists cannot counter climate misinformation and disinformation, or provide good

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The Forgotten Continent

In this story, freelance science writer Jane Qiu explores how fossil finds in China — dating back to the Peking Man, found in 1929 — have challenged established ideas about human evolution. Her story won an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2016.

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Lowcountry on the Edge

Tony Bartelme’s series about how climate change has impacted the South Carolina Lowcountry won an award from the American Geophysical Union in 2017. Showcase hosts one of these stories. Bartelme, a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is a special projects reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Alive Inside

Mike Hixenbaugh’s story on efforts by a Houston hospital to restore patients with severe brain injuries won an AAAS Kavli award in 2018. The story weaves personal narrative with scientific exploration, discussing how scientists are working to revive patients and the ethical quandaries that they face. Hixenbaugh is an investigative reporter focused on exposing fraud

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Tree equity and trees’ impact on surface temperatures, human health: A research roundup

“The absence of trees is not just an aesthetic discrepancy — it can impact human health and well-being, a growing body of research shows.” This tip sheet from The Journalist’s Resource describes findings from several studies on this topic, including key results, quotes from the studies, and authors who may be useful sources for reporters.

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Curbing the confusion: Strategies for covering the latest COVID booster shot approvals

As fall approaches and the FDA and CDC evaluate updated vaccines for COVID-19, “it’s crucial [that reporters] work to dispel any confusion about the boosters and provide their audience with contextual information about how booster shot recommendations are made.” In this article from the Association of Health Care Journalists, journalist Tara Haelle gives background on

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Battle of the Ash Borer

Matthew Miller’s story about scientists’ efforts to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer won an AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award in 2015. The story focuses on research and conservation efforts in Lansing, Michigan, where the Lansing State Journal is based.

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The Quantum Source of Space-Time

Ron Cowen’s story about the entanglement of fundamental particles won an award from the American Institute of Physics in 2016. The story profiles researchers whose discoveries helped to connect quantum mechanics and the study of gravity. Cowen is a freelance science writer who specializes in physics and astronomy.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice

This story by Ann Gibbons covers research into human sacrifice, spanning different locations and research teams. Gibbons, who was a contributing correspondent for Science magazine at the time, won a National Academies Keck Future Initiative Communication award in 2013 for the story.

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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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5 tips for using PubPeer to investigate scientific research errors and misconduct

“PubPeer, a website where researchers critique one another’s work, has played a key role in helping journalists uncover scientific misconduct in several prominent investigative stories in recent years — including the student newspaper series that led to Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s recent resignation.” This story offers tips to help journalists use PubPeer for story

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