Resources for Journalists

We can help you to improve your reporting on stories with science and statistics. Our free online courses provide an introduction to the essentials of how science works, and give an overview the basic principles and methods of statistics.

We highlight questions to ask, pitfalls to look out for, and suggest how to communicate clearly, to best serve your audience.

Science for journalists provides a brief overview of where scientific and health stories start - how science works and is communicated, key questions to ask, and how to find suitable experts.

Science for journalists e-training course

Statistics for journalists helps you to question and report on basic statistics that are central to many everyday stories – including surveys and polls, percentages and uncertainty.

Statistics for journalists e-training course

Each course will take around 20-30 minutes to complete at your own pace, and is self-guided.

The courses are based on presentations developed through the RSS Science Journalism Programme, developed and delivered by volunteers to journalists and journalism students across the UK from 2010-2015. The programme was funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and led by the RSS. Example syllabuses, presentations and resources are freely available for anyone who wishes to use them. The RSS continues to maintain a network of tutors who volunteer to deliver presentations on science and statistics in newsrooms and at universities.

Courses – Our free online courses on Science for journalists and Statistics for journalists.

Presentations – PowerPoint slides and syllabuses for course leaders.

Handouts and further reading – Useful documents that can be offered as handouts for students to take home with them.

Exercises – Practical tasks that will support initial lessons.

What they said...

what they said
'Many thanks for making the long trek north. The sessions went down really well with excellent feedback from the trainees who found both presentations engaging and very useful.'
Paul Jones, Head of Foundation Course Training, Press Association Newcastle

How it works

The RSS Science Journalism Programme includes two online courses and a pool of scientists and statisticians willing to volunteer as guest speakers at media colleges and newsrooms, to foster greater scientific and statistical literacy in the press.