Crash Courses

SciLine hosts free, hour-long training sessions for local journalists, general assignment reporters, and editors. These Crash Courses, co-led by a veteran science reporter and a Ph.D. scientist, are designed to quickly convey practical tips for strengthening news stories with science-backed evidence.

In addition to periodic open offerings of our “Science Essentials” Crash Courses, tailored sessions are also available to newsrooms, professional journalism groups, and journalism school classes by request.

What Crash Courses teach journalists

How scientific context can enhance local news stories, plus practical tips for identifying and interviewing credible scientist-sources

Key do’s and don’ts when reporting news-relevant statistics and describing scientific findings

Types of studies reporters might encounter and what each can—and cannot—reveal

How to get the essentials from scientific reports, studies, and press releases

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