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The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT offers full-year fellowships, and week-long workshops to journalists to increase their understanding of science, technology, engineering, medicine and environment. KSJ also tracks and comments daily on science and health stories around the world.

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Phil Hilts to retire as director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.

After six years of expanding the Knight program and nearly doubling the number of fellowship applicants, Hilts will return to writing books.

Visualizing Sea Level Rise with Augmented Reality
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Visualizing Sea Level Rise with Augmented Reality

Looking Glass is a prototype app conceived by 2012-13 KSJ Project Fellow Eli Kintisch. The app utilizes augmented reality to visualize the potential impacts of sea level rise brought on by global climate change. Watch the video

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Knight Fellows Profiled by MIT SHASS

Eight Knight Fellows describe their experiences in this feature prepared by MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences.

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Accepting Applications

We are currently accepting applications for the following programs:

  • 2014-15 Project Fellowship

To apply, visit fellows.knightscience.org/apply.

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Guns and GMOs: An interesting concatenation on page one of The New York Times

How do conservatives and liberals differ on guns and genetically modified food?

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Tracker: Looking back at 2013

It was the year the press "cured" almost everything.

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2013: The year we "cured" cancer. (No, of course not.)

Sadly, the cure came not in the clinic or the lab, but the media--which "cured" cancer at least three times.

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Remembering Chuck Vest

Chuck Vest's death is a poignant moment for Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and Boot Camp alumni.

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Chasing Abraham (Avi) Loeb Through Outer Space.

An increasingly popular go-to astrophysicist is showing up in copy everywhere.

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Esquire: A "whole new way of killing cancer"?

Don't believe everything you read: Paul Raeburn's takedown.

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Journal Sentinel's Deadly Delays: Another striking failure of U.S. healthcare.

When will public officials stop saying we have the best healthcare system in the world?

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Breathless Press Reports: New Body Part Discovered!

True. But it was in 1879.

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"Amazing...a game-changer...a watershed moment": Grand Theft Auto V?

No, it's Gina Kolata on cancer in The New York Times.

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Energy and Climate Boot Camp

We are now accepting applications for our fall 2013 workshop on energy and climate. Submit your application by October 11 if you are interested in attending.

More information | Apply now

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Will Nate Silver's magic work on television?

Newspapers have shown more courage in support of the First Amendment than has television. Can Nate Silver change that?

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Planetary News Flash: Big, Hot, Hellish Planet is Blue!

It looks like Earth, but you wouldn't want to plan a summer vacation there.

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2013-14 Project Fellow

The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT has selected Maryn McKenna as its 2013-2014 Journalism Project Fellow. She will carry out research on food science and food production and will produce a book-length text and a series of multimedia stories from the research.

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The Walrus: How a feature story should be done.

It's an old formula for writing a story, but how it's executed means everything.

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A "Schrödinger's cat" moment in science journalism?

Whatever the explanation, we can't go on like this. Somebody needs to open the box and look at the cat.

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Ed Yong

Science blogger Ed Yong speaks with Knight Fellows over Skype.

2013-14 Knight Fellows Selected
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2013-14 Knight Fellows Selected

Knight Science Journalism at MIT has selected twelve journalists working in six countries for its 31st class of Fellows. The journalists will study science, health, environment and technology at MIT during the academic year 2013–14.

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Lots of ink for Kepler's big day: two stars, three planets.

They might be oceanic. But what about their gravity?

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It's not cheap, but space station is finally hosting heavy-duty science.

Are media missing a sharp story angle?

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The Jane Goodall book scandal: Criticizing a beloved public figure.

How does one proceed when exposing a saintly scientist?

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2013-14 Project Fellowship Announced

The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT will offer a new kind of Fellowship during the 2013-2014 academic year, intended to produce a publishable product instead of coming only to study. For details and to apply, visit our Project Fellowship page.

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NY Times cancels Green blog.

Did the Times try to mute critics by announcing this late on a Friday afternoon?

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Five most common mental illnesses share some of the same genetic underpinnings.

The discovery might lead--one day--to better diagnosis and treatment.

Knight Science Journalism 30th Anniversary
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Knight Science Journalism 30th Anniversary

Alumni fellows celebrate the Knight Science Journalism program's 30th anniversary in Cambridge on February 19, 2013.

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John Horgan, National Geographic: The government will soon throw the door open to drones. What then?

The future looks chilling.

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Times tests Tesla; Tesla top gun takes Times to task.

And where the car rolls to a stop, nobody knows. 

Yet.

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Disgraced science journalist Jonah Lehrer talks about misdeeds, wants to regain trust.

But was he apologizing for the right to compete again?

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Resumption of controversial H5N1 flu research: Has the press told us what we need to know?

We got the news, but not what we needed to make up our minds.

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Weird Science: Attack of the Neanderthal clone baby stories!

The news rocketed around the world, but it wasn't quite the story that George Church was trying to tell.

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Should you stock up on Tamiflu?

The evidence for its effectiveness is far less convincing than you might think.

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Lead and Crime

Has lead been overlooked as the explanation for the drop in crime?

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The lists of best (etc.) science stories for 2012 - Higgs is easy winner.

Tracker Charlie Petit sorts out 2012.

  • Phil Hilts to retire as director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT.
  • Visualizing Sea Level Rise with Augmented Reality
  • Knight Fellows Profiled by MIT SHASS
  • Accepting Applications
  • Guns and GMOs: An interesting concatenation on page one of The New York Times
  • Tracker: Looking back at 2013
  • 2013: The year we "cured" cancer. (No, of course not.)
  • Remembering Chuck Vest
  • Chasing Abraham (Avi) Loeb Through Outer Space.
  • Esquire: A "whole new way of killing cancer"?
  • Journal Sentinel's Deadly Delays: Another striking failure of U.S. healthcare.
  • Breathless Press Reports: New Body Part Discovered!
  • "Amazing...a game-changer...a watershed moment": Grand Theft Auto V?
  • Energy and Climate Boot Camp
  • Will Nate Silver's magic work on television?
  • Planetary News Flash: Big, Hot, Hellish Planet is Blue!
  • 2013-14 Project Fellow
  • The Walrus: How a feature story should be done.
  • A "Schrödinger's cat" moment in science journalism?
  • Ed Yong
  • 2013-14 Knight Fellows Selected
  • Lots of ink for Kepler's big day: two stars, three planets.
  • It's not cheap, but space station is finally hosting heavy-duty science.
  • The Jane Goodall book scandal: Criticizing a beloved public figure.
  • 2013-14 Project Fellowship Announced
  • NY Times cancels Green blog.
  • Five most common mental illnesses share some of the same genetic underpinnings.
  • Knight Science Journalism 30th Anniversary
  • John Horgan, National Geographic: The government will soon throw the door open to drones. What then?
  • Times tests Tesla; Tesla top gun takes Times to task.
  • Disgraced science journalist Jonah Lehrer talks about misdeeds, wants to regain trust.
  • Resumption of controversial H5N1 flu research: Has the press told us what we need to know?
  • Weird Science: Attack of the Neanderthal clone baby stories!
  • Should you stock up on Tamiflu?
  • Lead and Crime
  • The lists of best (etc.) science stories for 2012 - Higgs is easy winner.