The national coordinator for science training for journalists, funded by three successive grants from BIS, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, sought to coordinate the scientific community’s efforts to deliver training in the basic principles of science reporting to news organisations and journalism students, through a Science Journalism Training Programme.
Below are some useful documents that can be offered as handouts for students to take home with them. This includes reference material that might come in handy during their work, and further reading for those interested in learning more about science and statistics.
The Science Media Centre’s Briefing Notes: very short guides to stem cells, GM crops, vaccines, and more.
The Science Media Centre’s 10 best practice guidelines for reporting science & health stories, as endorsed by the Leveson Inquiry.
Sense About Science guides, in particular Making Sense of Statistics and I Don’t Know What to Believe – a short guide to peer review
Health News Review’s Tips for Understanding Studies, especially 7 Words You Shouldn’t Use in Medical News.
Goal: to understand that random distributions often produce clusters
Equipment needed: large floor map, counters, wire frame
Time required: 10 minutes
Goal: to understand different types of averages exist, and know which is most appropriate to use
Materials needed: pen and paper.
Estimated time: 5 minutes.