Tools for Smart Science Journalism

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
October 29, 2015 Enroll Now
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Course Overview

Title:
Tools for Smart Science Journalism
Type:
Webinar
Cost:
This $29.95 Webinar is free thanks to the generous support of Participant Media and the Omidyar Network.
Originally Broadcast On:
October 29, 2015
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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In a click-bait world, science journalism matters more than ever. In this Webinar, you'll learn to identify the barriers to good science journalism and how to find trustworthy science sources. You'll also learn how to add context and shape meaning in science and science-related stories. And we will show you how all kinds of stories contain science journalism that you can cover.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to break down jargon for your audience and demystify the science
  • How to cultivate relationships with scientists so they can be reliable sources
  • Guiding questions to help you evaluate scientific research
Who Should Take this Course:

Journalists who want to better understand how to cover complicated scientific subjects, and educators and students who want to improve their reporting skills

Course Instructor:

Elissa L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, educator and writer. Her journalism work spans the late analog to completely digital age, which means she’d still prefer to meet sources in person than text them. After working in print and online news outlets for more than a decade, she became an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, where she led the custom publishing division to unprecedented growth. She left the job she loved to teach a new generation of journalists at the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as a faculty member and administrator for 10 years.

Sponsor:

Participant Media

Participant Media is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant's more than 65 films include Lincoln, Contagion, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Food, Inc., Waiting For "Superman," CITIZENFOUR and An Inconvenient Truth.

Omidyar Network

Omidyar Network is a philanthropic investment firm. We create opportunity for people to improve their lives by investing in market-based efforts that catalyze economic and social change.

Technical Requirements:

Windows
1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

Mac
1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4, 10.8, 10.9
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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