Whose Truth? Tools for Smart Science Journalism in the Digital Age

Course Overview

Whose Truth? Tools for Smart Science Journalism in the Digital Age
Self-Directed Course
This $29.95 course is available for free thanks to our generous partners at Participant Media.
Time Estimate:
2-3 hours

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

As journalists, we ignore science not only at our own peril, but at the peril of our readers, viewers and listeners.

In this course, you'll learn to how make sense of scientific data and tell stories in ways that connect with your audience. You'll get techniques and tips to improve your interviewing and reporting skills. You'll also learn how to lift the veil from front groups to launch investigations based on informed fact-gathering.

When you're done, you'll have a toolkit of ways to identify and overcome the barriers journalists face when reporting on science-related topics.

What Will I Learn:
  • Identify the jargon and language barriers that potentially exist between your expert sources and your audience
  • Add clarity and context to a scientific story
  • Cultivate relationships with scientists and other experts
  • Identify front groups and others with anti-science agendas
  • Ask questions to get to deeper stories
  • Communicate numbers in an understandable way to your audience
Who should take this course:
  • Journalists who want to better understand how to cover complicated scientific subjects
  • Instructors and students of journalism and related fields who want to improve their reporting skills

Course Instructor:

Elissa L. Yancey, MSEd

Elissa Yancey, MSEd, is an award-winning journalist, educator and writer. Her journalism work spans the late analog to completely digital age, which means she’d still prefer to meet sources in person than text them. After working in print and online news outlets for more than a decade, she became an editor at Cincinnati Magazine, where she led the custom publishing division to unprecedented growth. She left the job she loved to teach a new generation of journalists at the University of Cincinnati, where she worked as a faculty member and administrator for 10 years.


Omidyar Network

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Training Partner:

Participant Media

Participant Media is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant's more than 65 films include Lincoln, Contagion, The Help, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Food, Inc., Waiting For "Superman," CITIZENFOUR and An Inconvenient Truth.