Course modules

Module 1   Telling a science story to engage an audience

Science journalism can be as compelling as any other form of journalism. Make science easier for an audience to get into, create feature stories and profiles, and get the most from your interviews with scientists.

Module 2   Understanding a research paper

Research papers have a formal structure and their own language. Decipher them by learning about peer review, how to check the science, different types of journals and studies, and sections of a paper.

Module 3   Understanding statistics and numbers

Numbers and statistics are in almost every news story. Be savvy about numbers and defend yourself against misleading figures with simple explanations of the most common stats you’ll find.

Module 4   Reporting politicised science

Politicised scientific issues are tricky to report on. Learn how to avoid sensationalism and bias, communicating uncertainty, preparing for difficult interviews, and combining accuracy and interest.

Module 5   Social media for science journalism

The powerful tool of social media is available to almost anyone. You can take advantage of it best with our tips about tools, practices, reporting on social media, and feeds.

Module 6   Visualisation in science journalism

Visuals can not only supplement text but, in some cases, replace it altogether. Check what you want to say and to who, how to design visuals, what common mistakes to avoid, the technical considerations of visuals, and art and science.