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

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EurekAlert! resources

This site, maintained by EurekAlert! (the news-release distribution service operated by AAAS), highlights a variety of international resources for science journalists and public information officers (PIOs). The site includes links to communities for science writers in different parts of the world, guides and best practices, articles and videos, and more.

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Tip sheet: How to find and apply for fellowships for science journalists

On November 8, CASW Connector hosted a Chat discussing fellowships for science journalists. Panelists offered the inside track on the fellowship experience, choosing the right fellowship for you, crafting a competitive application, and more, and answered questions from participants. This event was facilitated by Connector managing editor Kate Travis, and the panelists were: Jyoti Madhusoodanan,

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Tip sheet: Science journalism and communication in the misinformation era

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

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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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How to Responsibly Report on Hacks and Disinformation: 10 guidelines and a template for every newsroom

“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

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Tipsheet: Data for wildfire investigations

In this tipsheet from a session at the NICAR 2024 conference, journalists provide tools and tips for “reporting on the entire wildfire prevention and control ecosystem, which spans dozens of agencies at federal, state and local levels, billions of dollars and sometimes (often) unfathomably cumbersome bureaucracy.” The tipsheet includes reporting tips, data sources, document suggestions,

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CDC Museum COVID-19 Timeline

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

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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,

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U.S. degree programs in science, health, or environmental writing

The Open Notebook has compiled a list of “more than 50 U.S. university-based programs that offer specialized undergraduate or graduate degree programs and/or individual courses (which may be available to undergraduates, graduate students, or both) in science, health, or environmental writing.” Some of these programs also appear as independent entries in Connector’s library.

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Tipsheet: Pursuing investigative stories as a science writer

This tipsheet, from a session at the ScienceWriters 2023 meeting, shares tips and resources for pursuing investigative stories on science topics. The session featured several esteemed investigative reporters talking about how they produced notable stories. The panelists discussed finding story ideas, filing public records requests, working with scientific research, considering libel risk, and more.

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Body Politic’s comprehensive guide to covering long COVID

“After a year of writing about long COVID, interviewing patients, and being interviewed myself, I created a comprehensive guide for journalists covering the long-term symptoms of COVID-19,” author Fiona Lowenstein writes in an accompanying article at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s website. “To understand more about what we can learn from the past, I

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Civic Science Career Roadmap

This extensive guide provides recommendations, resources, and success stories for anyone interested in a career in civic science, “a growing field of study and area of practice committed to ensuring that all people shape and benefit from science, technology, and innovation.” It shares lessons from the Civic Science Fellows, a program that supports leadership and

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Inclusive Science Communication resources

The Inclusive SciComm Symposium convenes every two years to bring together “people who work to shift science and science communication toward a just, equitable, and inclusive future.” This crowdsourced resource lists topics related to inclusive science communication, education, and public engagement. This site also offers videos from past events hosted by this symposium.

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Being a Science Journalist

“So you want to be a science journalist? People arrive at science journalism from all manner of professional backgrounds. Whether you’re a scientist ready for a career change, a journalist interested in specializing in a science-related beat, a student, or a recent graduate, this curated list of resources can help you get started on your

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Data Journalism Tools

“The ability to craft a story using raw data — which can be messy and difficult to parse — is a skill worth honing, especially for journalists who cover science. To help you get going, KSJ has provided a collection of resources and tools for finding, analyzing, and presenting data.” Resource categories: Data Journalism 101,

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