Science journalism workshops

As part of CASW’s science journalism initiative, the Council is working with partners to help journalists deepen their expertise through professionally curated workshops that help fill the training gap between conference sessions and formal academic training .

The workshop program launched in 2020 with two workshops focused on statistics and ethics offered as part of ScienceWriters2020.

  • “October 7, 2020 | Putting Health and Medical Numbers in Context for Readers.” Jessica Ancker, associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medical College, presented an interactive workshop that helped science writers contextualize statistics for readers to help them make sense of numbers in the news and heighten the impact of data-driven stories.
Jessica Ancker explains number comparisons
Presenter Jessica Ancker chats with participants in the 2020 virtual workshop on communicating numbers.

In 2021, CASW is working with partners to develop programs in both these areas, to be presented in conjunction with ScienceWriters2021 and in other contexts.

  • “October 15, 2020 | Journalists and Scientists at the Frontiers: A dialogue about values and responsibility.” With support from the Kavli Foundation, CASW presented a half-day program examining dilemmas facing both science and journalism as emerging areas of science and technology present tough questions of values and responsibility.
Kavli workshop panelists
Moderator Robin Marantz Henig and panelists revisit a New York Times Magazine during the 2020 Kavli workshop.

Videos from the “Journalists and Scientists” program: