Science is changing the way diseases are diagnosed, foods are engineered, and criminals are caught and convicted—affecting people’s day-to-day lives in big and small ways all across the country. Are you prepared to cover and explain these kinds of stories in your community? SciLine wants to help.
On March 24 – 26, 2019, SciLine will host the first in a series of science “boot camps” for reporters—free, multi-day workshops designed to arm journalists with the knowledge and context they need to cover locally relevant science, health, and environment issues with confidence.
Genomics for Journalists is an all-expenses-paid, two-and-a-half-day workshop that will cover the basic science of genomics—how collections of genes function and interact within organisms, and how scientists are manipulating them—and explore advances in the field that are changing the way diseases are diagnosed and treated, novel crop varieties are developed, forensic evidence is interpreted, and new materials and fuels are being produced. The workshop will include faculty presentations, a panel discussion, networking opportunities, and a hands-on scientific laboratory experience.
Offered jointly by SciLine and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this course is an educational opportunity for local and general assignment reporters interested in broadening the array of stories they feel qualified to cover in their communities. Freelance journalists and reporters who regularly cover science beats are also welcome to apply and can expect to come away with a better grasp of genomic science and a raft of new connections and story ideas.
Genomics for Journalists is funded entirely by SciLine’s philanthropic grants, which will cover round-trip travel to the workshop in Urbana, Illinois as well as accommodations, meals, and programming for all selected participants. It’s quick and easy to apply. Learn more here.
Attendance is limited. To be considered, applications must be received by Feb. 1, 2019.