Kavli Science Editing Workshop in Austin

Are you a journalist who edits science stories or who would like to know how to improve science coverage at your publication? Then the upcoming Kavli science journalism workshop is for you.

Organized by the Knight Science Journalism fellowship program at MIT and funded by the Los Angeles-based Kavli Foundation, this free, expenses-covered workshop will bring together two dozen journalists to explore the challenges, ethics, and opportunities in editing outstanding science stories, with a special focus on online presentation. Previous workshops have been held in Toulouse, France, San Francisco, Boston, and elsewhere.

The workshop takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 11-12, 2018, in Austin, immediately preceding the Online News Association’s annual conference. Some of the best science and digital editors in the country will provide training and networking to editors across a range of publications.

You should expect to workshop story ideas, learn about fact-checking processes, discuss the reliability of sources, and learn strategies for building audiences.

Held at Austin’s Hotel Ella, an early 20th-century-mansion converted into a hotel and conference center, the workshop will begin with a welcome reception on the evening of Sept. 11, segueing into a full day of training and interaction on the 12th, including a sit-down dinner. An early breakfast will be provided on the 13th before the start of the ONA meeting.

All rooms, wifi, meals, and shuttle transportation to and from the Hotel Ella and to ONA will be covered during the workshop. Travel support to and from Austin is available on an as-needed basis. Applications for this workshop closed on May 10 and finalists will be notified by May 24. For further questions regarding the workshop, please email Joshua Hatch at hatchjt@gmail.com.