For the past six years Bjerg has been doing digital journalism for TV 2, Denmark’s largest news broadcaster. Over the course of his fellowship at MIT, he has been investigating how developers and journalists can better collaborate.
The event, sponsored by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT and Undark, was held as part of the 2019 Cambridge Science Festival. After four competitive rounds and three bonus questions, emcee John Durant announced that the winning team was “The Grapes of Staph,” a group of friends and microbiologists from Massachusetts General Hospital who were joined by KSJ Fellow Rachel E. Gross.
In a sun-filled room overlooking the Charles River, the Knight Science Journalism Program honored reporters from the Charleston Post and Courier with the inaugural Victor K. McElheny Award for local and regional science journalism.
“I was never going to write a straight-up, ‘This is termites, aren't they great,’ book,” Margonelli said. But she also wasn’t quite clear on what she was going to write. Halfway through, she turned to her editors for advice. Make it weird, they advised. So Margonelli made it weird.