When Garfinkel, a veteran journalist with a PhD in computer science, was offered the chance to write “The Computer Book,” he knew right away that he wanted to take on the project. “Books are more work than you think, but they stay on the library shelves after you die,” he said to the KSJ fellows in April.
The fellows, selected from more than 120 applicants, are an award-winning and diverse group. They include accomplished reporters from the Des Moines Register and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, veteran editors of international outlets like the BBC and New Scientist, and a freelance journalist who was recently named the European Science Writer of the Year.
“My fellowship looks at how our bodies yield to power but also resist the demands of our time, language, and culture,” said De Bode. “My journalism explores how we build community, and improve the worlds we live in.”
During her nine months as a KSJ fellow, Khan has been exploring ways to encourage literacy on basic scientific topics by harnessing people’s natural curiosity about the origins of life on Earth and the possibility of life on other planets.
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.