A reporter setting out to tell a science story to a lay audience needs to grasp the science behind the story. SoundVision sponsors mid-career public radio producers and reporters in an intensive, six-day training workshop. Participants emerge from the Science Literacy Project with the tools to report on complicated subjects with insight, clarity and imagination.
In addition to formal and participatory presentations by expert practitioners of science journalism, radio production, research and storytelling, Science Literacy fellows experience lectures by scientists and educators in such fields as chemistry, statistics, genetics, and evolutionary science.
Fellows are provided with background reading for each presentation, bibliographies of each subject, and commissioned “tip sheets” highlighting professional skills.
These are some of the Science Journalism Resources produced for the project:
- “Tips for Public Radio Science Reporters: How to Start Covering Something You Know Nothing About” by Loretta Williams
- “Recording in Far-Away Places” by Danial Grossman
- “Fact-Checking Essentials” by Jennifer Jongsma.