Science Essentials for Political Reporters – APPLY BY MAY 17

Issues are often debated during political campaigns as though they were solely matters of ideology or opinion. Yet behind many of these issues is a wealth of research findings that can add rigor to public discussion and ultimately inform the choices people make.

On August 4 – 6, 2019, SciLine will host Science Essentials for Political Reporters, an all-expenses-paid, 2½-day workshop designed to arm journalists—including those without deep backgrounds in science—with the knowledge and context they need to incorporate research-based evidence and data into their 2020 campaign coverage.

This non-partisan boot camp, held in collaboration with the Drake University School of Journalism & Mass Communication, will include discussions led by faculty researchers, networking opportunities, a field trip, and a special evening event. Academic experts from around the country will summarize the latest research and data relevant to key topics for the 2020 election cycle:

  • Energy and climate: The current U.S. energy profile, and what it would realistically take to meet various targets aimed at addressing climate change.
  • Agriculture, water, and the environment: The precarious balance of challenges related to water use, waste production, and pressures to maximize efficiency.
  • Immigration and trade: How immigration and trade policies influence local economies and jobs in U.S. communities.
  • The course will also highlight what’s new in the science of public opinion surveys and polling.

The workshop will take place at the Drake Journalism School in Des Moines, Iowa, from the evening of Sunday, August 4 through the afternoon of Tuesday, August 6 – in the days leading up to the Iowa State Fair.  This is a no-cost event; all travel, accommodation, and program costs will be covered by SciLine’s philanthropic grants.

It’s quick and easy to apply:

Science Essentials for Political Reporters – Apply by May 17, 2019

Attendance is limited. To be considered, applications must be received by May 17, 2019.