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

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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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Memory and belief regression after the correction of misinformation

“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

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How to use ocean data for journalism

“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

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Why We Believe — Framing the disinformation crisis for journalists

“Journalism and democracy have been upended by the growth of mis- and disinformation. Countering it effectively requires understanding why people are susceptible and targeted — and how they can become more resilient. Psychological research can teach journalists how to pre-bunk disinformation and convey credibility in ways that readers, viewers, and listeners can process, which is

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Covering Long Covid: Beyond ‘mystery’ and misunderstanding

At this Kavli Conversation, journalist Betsy Ladyzhets and Long Covid clinician Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez discussed best practices for covering this complex disease. They talked about personal experiences reporting on and treating Long Covid, issues in past media coverage, story ideas, and more. They also answered questions from NYU students in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting

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SciCommers Mentor Chat Series

SciCommers is a free network for scientists and engineers to improve their science communication skills and connect with science writing opportunities, hosted by Boston University. In the network’s monthly Mentor Chats, communication experts video-chat with SciCommers about topics including how to start a podcast, science outreach, freelance science writing, and more. Past Mentor Chats are

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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

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International opportunities for Latin American science journalists

In this webinar, a session from the Symposium to Advance Science Communication and Journalism in Chile (SAPeCCT) 2023, a panel of editors at science publications discussed freelance opportunities for writers in Latin America. The panel included Debbie Ponchner, Knowable en español; David Malakoff, Science; Rachel Courtland, MIT Technology Review; Lynne Walker, Stories Without Borders; Lauren

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Science journalism in the digital age – online lecture series

The German Science Journalists’ Association and the Science Media Center Germany organized a 2020-21 virtual lecture series on “future-proofing” science journalism in response to structural change in the media environment. A 2023 version of the series included 10 lectures on digital transformation in journalism and practical solutions. That series culminated in a November 2023 conference.

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Exploring mathematics’ uncrowded space for journalists and writers

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

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A journalist’s guide to CCS greenwashing at COP28: Tips for covering carbon capture

“What is carbon capture and storage, why will it be a hot topic at COP28, and how can journalists cover it better? Join DeSmog editors and reporters to find out!” This video is a recording of a webinar on November 13, 2023, in which expert journalists share recommendations for covering carbon capture and storage. They

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CASW New Horizons in Science session recordings — ScienceWriters2023

If you missed ScienceWriters2023, the annual meeting of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW) and Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), you can check out recordings of five sessions from CASW’s Science + Science Writing program on the organization’s YouTube channel. The sessions include covering Long COVID, the toxic train disaster in

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Excellent science writing

This panel discussion from Dragon Con 2022 includes science communicator Rae Pendergrass, science journalist Bethany Brookshire, chemist Raychelle Burks, scientist and blogger Danielle Lee, and science consultant Joseph Meany. “From feature articles to explainers to books to podcasts, there’s more excellent science writing than ever before. We’ll talk about what goes into good science writing

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Media briefing: Psychedelic drug therapies

“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

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