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Covering abortion as a health care story, not just a political one

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)

"Nearly two years after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, pregnant people continue to have difficulty accessing abortion care across the country. During a panel at HJ24, a group of medical professionals discussed the impact of the reversal, including what they’re seeing on the ground." The panel included insight from doctors and recommendations for journalists.

Media briefing: Reproductive health and abortion


"This briefing, part of a series of SciLine media briefings covering key issues in the 2024 election, covered what the latest scientific research says about the latest stats on abortion, including geographic, demographic, and late- versus early-term distribution; the types of abortions that are available remotely and in healthcare settings, including surgical versus medication, and their relative prevalence; physical and mental health effects of getting an abortion or being unable to access a desired abortion; and challenges in data collection and data reliability."

Trauma-informed journalism: What it is, why it’s important and tips for practicing it

"Experts and journalists who have researched and worked with trauma survivors say that practicing trauma-informed journalism not only leads to better, more accurate stories, but also helps protect survivors from further harm." This explainer and tip sheet is based on a review of several reliable sources on trauma-informed reporting and interviews with Elana Newman of the Dart Center, and Tamara Cherry, founder of Pickup Communications PR agency, both experts who focus on this area.

Why this matters: How to cover health disparities more effectively

A new study from researchers at Cornell University found that how health disparities were framed in news articles had an impact on readers' perceptions of their risks. AHCJ spoke with Jeff Niederdeppe, Ph.D., who led the research, about this work and "what journalists can do to improve their coverage of health disparities while thinking about the impact their language has on readers."

What’s a nationally representative sample? 5 things you need to know to report accurately on research

"Journalists can’t report accurately on research involving human subjects without knowing certain details about the sample of people researchers studied. It’s important to know, for example, whether researchers used a nationally representative sample." This article explains what a nationally representative sample is, why this is important, and how journalists can evaluate such samples when covering research papers.
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Tip sheet: Reporting on hot-button topics as a science writer: Lessons from abortion coverage

CASW Connector, The Journalist's Resource

On July 11, CASW Connector and The Journalist’s Resource hosted a Chat discussing how journalists can better cover hot-button topics, focusing on abortion as an example of a medical topic that has become increasingly political. The panelists shared lessons from their research and reporting, offered guidance for journalists covering abortion, and answered questions from the audience. The event was moderated by Naseem Miller, senior health editor at The Journalist’s Resource, and the panelists were Sarah McCammon, national political correspondent at NPR who covers abortion policy among other divisive topics, and Katie Woodruff, public health social scientist in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at the University of California, San Francisco.

UK Conference of Science Journalists 2024

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

This biennial conference, organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), provides science journalists and writers with professional development and networking opportunities. The 2024 conference will take place on Tuesday, October 15, at the Francis Crick Institute in London. Early bird tickets are available through the end of July, and ABSW also offers diversity scholarships for writers from underrepresented groups.

Living and working on a hot planet: Reporting on climate change and human health

Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW)

"Journalists who cover topics at the intersection of climate change and health are invited to apply to attend this full-day pre-conference workshop in Raleigh, N.C. on November 8, in connection with ScienceWriters2024. The workshop will be presented by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Thanks to a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, CASW is able to provide up to $1,200 in support for travel and accommodation expenses, along with complimentary ScienceWriters conference registration, to journalists attending the workshop." The deadline to apply is August 12.

Science Media Centre

"The Science Media Centre is New Zealand’s trusted, independent source of information for the media on all issues related to research, science, and innovation." The organization helps to connect journalists and scientists, offers resources and trainings, provides networking opportunities, recognizes excellent science journalism, and more.
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Louise Behan Reporting Grants

World Federation of Science Journalists

"If you live in a lower-income country and are passionate about a science story you are pursuing, a Louise Behan Reporting Grant could help you reach your goal. The grants support those in the Global South who are reporting on matters of interest in their country or region." Reporters working in countries defined as lower-income by the World Bank are eligible for these grants. The program makes two or three awards between $750 and $1000 USD annually to support reporting projects. For the 2024 grant cycle, expressions of interest are due on July 15.

Locally Sourced — Covering Climate Now

Covering Climate Now

Locally Sourced is a biweekly newsletter from Covering Climate Now. It's for journalists working on local angles of the climate story. Each edition includes story idea suggestions, reporting tips, and examples to serve as inspiration. It's also available in Spanish as “Fuentes Locales.”

The state of science reporting in today’s digital media landscape: A survey of journalists and scientists who use SciLine’s expert matching service

SciLine, University of Texas at Austin

SciLine, based at AAAS, and the Center for Media Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin collaborated on a survey of journalists and scientists who use SciLine's service matching these two professional groups for news stories. The survey results reveal lessons for journalists and scientists about how the groups can better work together in doing media interviews. For example, "this relationship may be improved by setting clear expectations regarding scientists’ limited influence over the story."