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Tools for Smart Science Journalism

About This Course

In a click-bait world, science journalism matters more than ever. This Webinar shows how 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 Yancey

Elissa L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is the director of special projects at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. An alumna of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, she has more than 20 years of teaching and reporting experience, including a stint as environmental editor at, the Scripps affiliate in Cincinnati.