✍️Science Writing News Roundup #54 (July 27, 2021)
So you landed your first assignment... now what?
Congratulations to the Knight Science Journalism Program Project Fellows! Twenty-one distinguished journalists will pursue a diverse range of projects related to science, health, technology, and the environment.
🕯️ Resources and tips
So you landed your first assignment... now what? Some talented and lucky folks can make the leap from science to science writing without any formal journalism training in-between. Convincing a publication to trust you to write for them is one issue, what to do once you’ve gotten an assignment is another. Here’s what to do for the latter.
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How do you report a story about environmental health when the scientific evidence is scarce or non-existent? “Just because we don’t have evidence doesn’t mean there isn’t some kind of causal thing going on. But it’s also true that just because there is evidence doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s causation,” says Dan Fagin, a science and environmental journalist.
When will the pandemic end? It’s been about a year since Betsy Ladyzhets started the COVID-19 Data Dispatch, a newsletter that explores the state of COVID-19 data in the U.S. She recently asked 26 reporters and communicators when they thought the pandemic might come to an end, as well as how they would take lessons from the past year into the “post-COVID” stages of their careers.
Editing controversial and “controversial” science. There are some areas of science where the controversies are real and fierce — what was really the downfall of the dinosaurs? — and then there are scientific “controversies” ginned up for political or economic purposes. Learn how to tell the difference and how to responsibly convey that to your audience.
Science and public health in the post-pandemic age: A conversation with Joe DeRisi and Carl Zimmer. Joe DeRisi is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at UC San Francisco, and co-president of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub. Carl Zimmer is an award-winner New York Times columnist and the author of 13 books about science.
COVID-19, science communication and the journey from here. How has the pandemic impacted the relationship between scientists and journalists? What is the latest guidance on science communication? And what will science communication look like in a post-COVID world?
Communicating the Future: Engaging the Public in Basic Science (July 27-28, 2021)
Preprints and the Scientific Media Landscape with John Inglis, Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv (July 28, 2021)
Ocean + Climate Virtual Workshop Series #3: The California Coast (Applications due Friday, July 30)
📚 Jobs and internships
Earth Science Communicator, NASA, Greenbelt, MD
Science Writer, Vital Strategies, New York, NY
Cancer Stories Officer, The Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK
Opinion and Analysis Editor, Scientific American, US-based
Media Relations/Science Writer, University of California, San Francisco, CA
Sci-comm reporter and multimedia assistant, College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Scientific SEO Expert, MilliporeSigma, Bedford , MA
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