Included with your membership: January 14 webinar

Strengthen local news reporting with the inclusion of science

This one-hour training webinar, presented by SciLine (a free, nonprofit service for journalists), is designed for journalists, editors and others in news publishing who wish to become more comfortable covering science-related topics.

The COVID-19 pandemic has become an all-hands-on-deck story, requiring many in the
news business with little or no science backgrounds to embrace the health and science
beat. The COVID story will continue to dominate in the new year. But even beyond COVID, many local stories can be strengthened by inclusion of scientific expertise and research-based context.

This training webinar will cover such topics as:

  • How does science work and what are common pitfalls to avoid when covering scientific findings?
  • What are the major types of scientific studies and the inherent weaknesses of each to be aware of?
  • How to extract the essentials from a scientific journal article.
  • How to find a scientist source and best practices for science-related interviews.

If you can't participate on Jan. 14, no problem! Register anyway and view a recording of the webinar at your convenience.

Registration instructions:

Members of America's Newspapers can register for webinars at no cost. For this webinar, philanthropic support has allowed America's Newspapers to waive the usual registration fee for non-members for a limited number of registrants. Non-members can request a fee waiver by emailing

Registrations will be accepted up until the day of the webinar.

  • Members should email for the COUPON CODE to register free (if you don't already have the America's Newspapers code)
  • Click here to register
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Our presenters

SciLine is a free, philanthropically funded service for journalists with a singular mission: to help reporters include more research-backed evidence in their news stories. Based at the nonprofit American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC, SciLine hosts several activities including journalist trainings, media briefings, a “matching service” that connects reporters to knowledgeable, articulate scientists and media training for scientists.

Rick Weiss is SciLine's director and a former journalist who served a 15-year stint covering science at The Washington Post.

Tori Fosheim is a Ph.D. neuroscientist who is part of the SciLine team that identifies knowledgeable, articulate scientists willing to be interviewed by reporters who come to SciLine for help on stories.