Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Consider how news science-based stories are framed for the reader. Ask scientists about why a natural or human-caused occurrence happens. Take advantage of Madison-based science resources.

Those are some of the suggestions offered at “Secrets for Success in Science Journalism,” the spring 2017 training session presented this month by the Madison chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The training was generously sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Wisconsin State Journal. The UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication generously provided classroom space for the training.

Instructors discussed the need for reporters to listen to people in their communities, explore the natural world, and ask questions. They also reviewed numerous resources available to science journalists and suggested that journalists to let scientists review descriptions of their work to ensure accuracy.

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