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Genomics for Journalists - Apply by Feb. 1, 2019
On March 24 - 26, 2019, SciLine will host the first in a series of science “boot camps” for reporters. These are all-expenses-paid, multi-day workshops designed to arm journalists—including those without deep backgrounds in science—with the knowledge and context they need to cover newsworthy science, health, and environment issues with confidence.
WHAT: Genomics—the study of collections of genes, their structure and function, and how they work together within organisms—is increasingly central to advances in health, agriculture, and environmental science, as well as law enforcement and criminal justice.
Genomics for Journalists is a free, two-and-a-half-day workshop for working reporters that will cover the basic science of genomics and explore advances in the field that are changing the way diseases are diagnosed and treated, novel crop varieties are developed, forensic evidence is interpreted, and new materials and fuels are being produced.
The workshop will include faculty presentations, a panel discussion, networking opportunities, and a hands-on scientific laboratory experience. Topics that will be covered include (subject to revision):
Genomics, genealogy, and criminal justice
Genomic editing in health, medicine, and agriculture
Direct-to-consumer genetic testing
Diet, microbiome, and health
Ecosystems and environmental genomics
Ethical, legal, and social issues raised by genomic advances
Hands-on Lab Exercise: Editing Bacterial Genomes
Work session: Extracting the essence from scientific journal articles
WHEN & WHERE: The workshop will be held on campus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, beginning the afternoon of Sunday March 24 and ending the afternoon of Tuesday March 26.
YOUR HOSTS: Genomics for Journalists is being offered jointly by SciLine and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course is funded entirely by SciLine’s philanthropic grants, which will cover the full cost of round-trip travel, as well as accommodations, meals, and programming for all selected participants.
WHO SHOULD APPLY: This course is an educational opportunity designed primarily for local and general assignment reporters interested in broadening the array of stories they feel qualified to cover in their communities.
Freelance journalists and working reporters who regularly cover science beats are also welcome to apply and can expect to come away with a better grasp of genomic science and a raft of new connections and story ideas.
In keeping with SciLine’s focus on U.S. journalism, Genomics for Journalists is primarily for reporters based in the United States. Canadian journalists who write for publications with a significant U.S. audience may apply as well, and will be considered on a space-available basis.
Applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2019.
SciLine strives to increase the diversity of voices in science journalism. We encourage reporters of diverse backgrounds — including gender, race and ethnicity, geographic location, level of seniority, and other factors — to apply.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.