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INN + SciLine: Getting the science right

April 27, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Virtually every local story can be strengthened with a small dose of science. That City Council debate over whether to add bike lanes? Academic scientists study that! The school board fight over students choosing their pronouns? It’s not just politics; social scientists study that! Local complaints about airport noise or farm waste disposal? Somebody definitely studies it, and including them and their research will make your story better!

Through this one hour webinar, we’ll answer:

  • How can you include science skillfully when you are not an expert yourself?
  • Where can you find credible scientist sources, and how should you vet them?
  • What kinds of conclusions can be drawn from which kinds of studies?
  • What are common pitfalls to avoid when including research findings in your journalism?

The course, developed and presented by SciLine, is designed specifically for local and general assignment reporters. Led by former longtime Washington Post science reporter Rick Weiss and Ph.D. neuroscientist Tori Espensen, SciLine’s “Crash Course” teaches basic principles about what science is and how it works, all through a journalistic lens, offering practical tools and sharing best practices.

The session on May 2 will include some emphasis on rural and agricultural issues. The general content, concepts, and skills-training presented will be the same for both offerings, so there is no need to attend both. Sign up for whichever session best fits your schedule or reporting needs.


April 27, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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