NENPA U: Covering Science

    January 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    $35, free to NENPA members
    Tara Cleary
    NENPA U: Covering Science

    NENPA U webinar presented by Online Media Campus. Free to NENPA members, contact Tara Cleary at for registration code.

    In this webinar:

    The Iowa Newspaper Foundation, in conjunction with SciLine—a free, nonprofit service for journalists—is offering a one-hour training webinar for journalists, editors, and others in news publishing who wish to become more comfortable covering science-related topics.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has become an all-hands-on-deck story, requiring many in the news business with little or no science backgrounds to embrace the health and science beat. The COVID story will continue to dominate in the new year. But even beyond COVID, many local stories can be strengthened by the inclusion of scientific expertise and research-based context.

    This training webinar will cover such topics as:
    • How does science work and what are common pitfalls to avoid when covering scientific findings?
    • What are the major types of scientific studies and the inherent weaknesses of each to be aware of?
    • How to extract the essentials from a scientific journal article
    • How to find a scientist source, and best practices for science-related interviews

    About the presenter: 
    SciLine is a free, philanthropically funded service for journalists with a singular mission: to help reporters include more research-backed evidence in their news stories. Based at the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, SciLine hosts several activities including journalist training, media briefings, a “matching service” that connects reporters to knowledgeable, articulate scientists, and media training for scientists.