We have collected a number of useful and free to use resources for science journalists, such as information and links to practical documents, resources and tips. A selection of resources from the WFSJ’s old website is listed below. The full overview with all the resources can be found here.
MULTIPLE RESOURCES & READING ROOM
USEFUL AIDS FOR SCIENCE JOURNALIST
The following non-exhaustive list with links to different web pages, documents, guidelines and online tools are useful aids for science journalists.
SECRETS OF GOOD SCIENCE WRITING
SCIENCE JOURNALISTS’ TOOLBOXES
FACTSHEETS & BRIEFING NOTES
TELLING SCIENCE STORIES WITH CODE & DATA
The Storytelling in Code & Data website serves as a showcase for the projects undertaken by the workshop participants and is a valuable source to find ebooks, software, articles, and other online resources that might be helpful for science writers who want to work with code and data. Also included are some examples of data-journalism stories in the sciences, and illustrations or interactive web apps made with various coding tools. Except as noted, all of these materials are freely available on the web.
ONLINE PRIVACY FOR JOURNALISTS
It is possible for journalists to make it difficult for anyone to try and intercept their emails, text messages or phone calls. Simple measures can make the lives of those who want to uncover sources and information being revealed to you, much harder.
What precisely needs to be done to ensure that a journalist’s sources and date are secure and well? In Online Privacy for Journalists, the former Haaretz Deputy Editor, Michael Dagan, will teach you tips and tricks to project your sources and valuable information. Read the publication here.
NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW METHODS FOR OUTBREAK COMMUNICATION SUMMARY (via TELL ME)
This report summarizes the different parts that constitute the work package 2, whose aim is to identify new challenges and new methods for outbreak communication by emphasizing the multivariate nature of the network in which different stakeholders operate and the ever growing diversity of channels to communicate the information. Go to the summary report here.
A NEW MODEL FOR RISK COMMUNICATION IN HEALTH (via TELL ME)
A new framework model for risk communication in case of a pandemic has been developed by TELL ME experts from the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa.
While pandemic outbreaks in the last decade showed that public health authorities use the best tools available and the newest technologies to contain outbreaks from a medical point of view, the aspect of outbreak communication does not always reflect the new communication reality.
The public’s non-compliance with the vaccination campaign and a crisis of trust between the public and international organizations and governments are the consequence of a deficit of theoretical and applied knowledge in the area of risk communication and public inclusion through social media.
This new graphical representation shows that the public sphere, with all its segmentation, should be at the centre of the outbreak communication: the public, as all stakeholders as well, must be partners, not a target to aim at. Go to the new framework model here.
PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR HEALTH RISK COMMUNICATION (via TELL ME)
The Practical Guide for Health Risk Communication offers practical recommendations and tools to support the development of evidence-based messages, tailored for different sub-populations and target groups across various cultural contexts with the aim to further improve risk communication and the management of national or international public health threats at different phases of a major infectious disease outbreak.
The collection is geared towards health care professionals, public health officials, decision-makers in the fields of infectious disease management and communication.
The guide is a collaborative effort between BMJ Publishing Group, CEDARthree, Istituto Superiore di Sanità and Zadig Srl.
MANUAL FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM (in Arabic)
This manual for investigative journalism is prepared by a group of specialists from the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism.
The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, is an independent, non-profit, Amman-based, regional media support network that seeks to support independent quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering media coaching.
The manual helps, journalists and editors, who are passionate about telling stories, to investigate these stories, in very simple systematic approaches. It creates a support structure for investigative reporters. Download the manual here.
A GUIDE TO PEER TO PEER MENTORSHOP IN SCIENCE JOURNALISM
Lessons from the SjCOOP project
by Kathryn O’Hara
CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism
Carleton University, Ottawa
Download the full publication here.
ADVANCES IN AFRICAN AND ARAB SCIENCE JOURNALISM: CAPACITY BUILDING AND NEW NEWSROOM STRUCTURES THROUGH DIGITAL PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT
ONLINE TRAINING COURSE ON HEALTH COMMUNICATION: THE PULSE
Created by BBC Media Action, The Pulse is a combination of an online training course and resources designed to help you create effective health communication projects. This training course is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
The online training course called the Pulse Toolkit is available here.
You will also find useful downloads for trainers and people developing health communication projects. There are fact sheets on common health issues, templates and forms to help in the research and planning phase, plus training and guidance documents to enable you to teach others about health communication. If you are new to health communication, it is recommended to complete the course above first.
Download Resources and Tools here.
THE CURIOUS JOURNALIST'S GUIDE TO DATA
The Curious Journalist’s Guide to Data is a book about using data in journalism, but it’s not a particularly practical book. Instead, it’s for the curious, for those who wonder about the deep ideas that hold everything together. Some of these ideas are very old, some have emerged in just the last few decades, and many of them have come together to create the particularly twenty-first-century practice of data journalism. The guidebook looks at data a lot more closely than you might be used to. It can be downloaded for free here.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a knowledge pack on yellow fever. The pack includes a Q&A (in Arab, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), an infographic on yellow fever vaccine supply in an emergency, an emergency web page (in English and French) as well as useful links on risk communication and community engagement. Download the knowledge pack here.
The International Office for Migration (IOM) conducted flow monitoring (13 – 25 June 2017) on EBOLA through rapid health screening at 12 data collection sites in Likati, Bondo, Buta in Bas Uele province as well as Kisangani and Kinshasa. Check-out these two cartographies: #1 and #2.
Based on the information collected, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in collaboration with the WHO Country Office, has decided to announce the end of the Likati Ebola outbreak on 2 July 2017.