John Muchangi began his journalism career in 2005 at The People Daily newspaper in Kenya — first as a science features writer, and later as the publication’s science editor. In 2007 he moved to The Star, a startup newspaper based in the capital city Nairobi, where he currently serves as science editor. John was awarded […]
Jason Palmer says he became interested in science journalism after years as an ultrafast laser scientist at Lawrence Livermore Lab in the U.S. and Imperial College in Britain — a time that instilled in him, as he describes it, a “fear of dark laboratories.” As an antidote, he began freelance writing while doing postdoctoral work […]
Ibby Caputo, a 2014-2015 MIT-Knight Science Journalism Fellow, is a writer and journalist based in Boston. Before her fellowship, Ibby covered health care, transportation and breaking news as a reporter for WGBH’s Boston Public Radio and WGBH TV. Ibby credits her nine months in the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship with giving her the space and […]
Combining her skills as a journalist with an advanced degree in physics, Marcia Bartusiak has been covering the fields of astronomy and physics for nearly four decades. Already an accomplished author of two award-winning books by the early 1990’s, Marcia took time out in 1994 and 1995 to join the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship program […]
[Director’s Introduction—In April 2015, Olga Dobrovidova, KSJ ‘15, a Moscow-based freelance science journalist, organized the first-ever Knight Science Journalism World Space Party as part of the annual worldwide celebration of Yuri’s Night, the anniversary of the historic first manned space mission by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
The KSJ event at MIT’s Stratton Student Center drew attendees from universities around Boston and featured a space-themed quiz, a talk on the effects of zero gravity on brain function by Columbia University-based neuroscientist Nikolay Kukushkin, and a rocking disco dance DJ’d by the very same Nikolay Kukushkin…
Nobody cracks open a textbook after high school or college—so how to people learn about complex subjects like science, technology, health, and the environment and get the information they need to be smart consumers and intelligent voters?
Much of that information is delivered by journalists and media organizations—increasingly, these days, in the face of a gale of misinformation and doubt. Which is why Knight Science Journalism at MIT is fortunate to be embedded within an academic department (the Program in Science, Technology and Society) and a school (MIT’s School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences where faculty and administrators understand that challenge, and believe in supporting the professionals who undertake it.
Since December, SHASS news writer Daniel Pritchard has been talking with the 2014-15 Knight Science Journalism Fellows about how and why they do their work, and what they’re learning during their two terms at MIT. Today the finished interviews were published on the SHASS news site.
As acting director of the Knight program this year, I’ve obviously gotten to know this year’s brilliant crop of Knight Felllows very …