Science Writing Resources (Elsewhere) That We Like

The Open Notebook isn’t the only show in town when it comes to supporting high-quality science journalism! On this page, you’ll find lots of other resources that may be useful for anyone who covers science or wants to do so. In keeping with TON’s mission, this page mainly focuses on resources that center on science journalism craft, career development, and community. That includes university degree programs and courses in science writing, workshops and other training opportunities, sources of news in the science writing world, membership organizations, major awards and honors, and other learning and professional development resources. 

To let us know about a resource centered on science journalism craft, career development, or community that you think should be added to our listing, please email editor-in-chief Siri Carpenter. (Note that we do not list certain categories of resources, as described in the “What’s Not on This Page?” section below.) 

If you’ve landed on this page from somewhere else and you want to see what we have to offer at The Open Notebook, we invite you to start by browsing our Where to Get Started at The Open Notebook page.

We’ve compiled a listing of more than 50 U.S. university-based programs that offer courses or specialized degree programs in science, health, or environmental writing. (To learn about university-based degree programs outside the U.S., visit the World Federation of Science Journalists’ educational resource page, which includes degree programs around the world. It’s available in map or list form.)

(Editors’ Note: Thanks to Betsy Ladyzhets and Allison Whitten for helping to assemble and fact-check this university listing. Any errors or omissions remain the responsibility of The Open NotebookTo let us know about a program that is missing from our listing, please email editor-in-chief Siri Carpenter.)


 Degree, Concentration, or CertificateCourse(s) onlyLearn more
University | College/School or DepartmentUndergradGrad  
Arizona State University | Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass CommunicationYesYes
Boston University | College of Communication  Yes
California Institute of Technology | Various Departments  Yes
California Polytechnic State University | College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental SciencesYes
Carnegie Mellon University | Dietrich College of Humanities and Social SciencesYes Yes

City University of New York | Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism Yes
Colorado State University | Journalism and Media CommunicationYesYesYes

Columbia University | Journalism School Yes
Cornell University | Various DepartmentsYes Yes
Duke University | Science & Society Certificate Programs  Yes
George Mason University | Department of Communication Yes

Georgia Institute of Technology | School of Literature, Media, and CommunicationYes Yes
Johns Hopkins University | Krieger School of Arts and Sciences YesYes

Kansas State University | K-State Online  Yes
Lehigh University | Science and Environmental Writing ProgramYes
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences YesYes

Michigan State University | College of Communication Arts and Sciences  Yes
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology | Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences YesYes
New York University | Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program Yes
North Carolina State University | Department of Communication; Department of EnglishYes

Northern Arizona University | School of CommunicationYesYes
Northwestern University | Medill School of Journalism Yes
Oregon State University | School of Literature, Writing and FilmYes
Point Park University | School of CommunicationYes
Princeton University | Program in Journalism  Yes
Purdue University | Brian Lamb School of CommunicationYesYes
Rutgers University | Science Communication InitiativeYes
Stanford University | Journalism ProgramYes Yes

Stony Brook University | Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science YesYes
Temple University | College of Science and Technology Yes

Texas A&M University | School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Yes
University of Arizona | School of Journalism YesYes

University of California, Berkeley | Graduate School of Journalism  Yes
University of California, Berkeley Extension | Professional Writing Program  Yes
University of California, San Diego | Extended Studies Yes
University of California, Santa Cruz | Science CommunicationYesYes

University of Chicago | Professional Education; College YesYes
University of Colorado, Boulder | Bartlett Science Communication Center; Center for Environmental Journalism YesYes

University of Florida | College of Journalism and Communications YesYes
University of Georgia | Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication YesYes
University of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignYesYes
University of Maryland, Baltimore | Department of Communication; Graduate SchoolYesYes

University of Michigan | College of Literature, Science, and the Arts  Yes
University of Minnesota | University of Minnesota Online; College of Liberal Arts  Yes

University of Missouri | School of Journalism; College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural ResourcesYes Yes

University of Montana | School of Journalism; Department of Environmental StudiesYesYes
University of Rhode Island | College of the Environment and Life Sciences YesYes
University of Tennessee, Knoxville | School of Journalism and Electronic MediaYesYes
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Department of Life Sciences CommunicationYesYes
Vanderbilt University | College of Arts and ScienceYes Yes
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University | College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences  Yes

The Association of British Science Writers’ How to Become a Science Writer, by Mun-Keat Looi, is an online guide for aspiring science writers. ABSW also has a listing of science communication courses and degree programs in the U.K. and beyond.

The Association of Health Care Journalists’ Core Topics page collects tip sheets and other resources for covering essential health topics such as aging, health equity, patient safety, and more.

The Association of Science Communicators (formerly Science Talk) offers training courses for science communicators

The Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard’s 2022 Media Boot Camp program connects health/science journalists and editors with faculty from the Broad Institute, MIT, Harvard University, and Harvard’s teaching hospitals for a two-day event exploring how the latest advances in genomics are transforming biomedicine.

The BU Scicommers, hosted by the Boston University College of Communication, is a community of scientists and engineers that includes faculty, post docs, graduate students, and undergrads dedicated to engaging the public through better science communication.

ComSciCon is a series of workshops focused on the communication of complex and technical concepts organized by graduate students, for graduate students.

The Concordia University Department of Journalism’s Projected Futures program is an intensive summer school program for graduate students in any discipline who are interested in communicating about health and medicine.

Covering Climate Now offers tip sheets, source lists, and other resources to help journalists report on climate.

The Earth Journalism Network produces online trainings, toolkits, and guides to help reporters better understand environmental issues.

The Inclusive SciComm Symposium is a biennial, cross-disciplinary meeting of science communicators and others who work to prioritize inclusion, equity, and intersectionality in science communication.

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources offers virtual learning opportunities and field trips for environmental and natural resource journalists in North America.

The Johns Hopkins University Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences’ Science Writers’ Boot Camp is a one-day event focused on a single research topic in health, medicine and science.

The Journalist’s Resource’s “Know Your Research” collection includes tip sheets and explainers to help journalists understand academic research methods, find and recognize high-quality research, and avoid missteps when reporting on new studies and public opinion polls.

The Knight Center at the University of Texas, Austin, offers instructor-led and self-directed online journalism courses in subjects such as covering the climate crisis, data visualization for storytelling, reporting on mental health, and more.

The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT offers nine-month fellowships for journalists with at least three years of experience, fact-checking workshops and other resources, an editing handbook, and other tools for science journalists.

The Logan Science Journalism Program, offered by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, offers immersive workshops for journalists, in either biomedical or environmental research.

The Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island offers workshops and other trainings for journalists on specific scientific and environmental issues.

The National Center For Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, hosts an annual two-week science journalism workshop, led by science journalist and editor Anil Ananthaswamy.

The National Science-Health-Environment Reporting Fellowships, offered jointly by the Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, are intended to support early-career journalists pursuing careers reporting on science, health, and/or environmental issues.

The EU-funded QUEST project offers a series of toolkits to help scientists, journalists, museum facilitators and social media managers with their science communication activities. 

The Santa Fe Science Writing Workshop, led by journalists George Johnson and Sandra Blakeslee, has been hosting in-person weeklong workshops for more than two decades.

The Script training program offers free online courses and other learning resources for science journalists

SciLine offers media trainings and briefings and matches reporters on deadline with scientific experts.

The Solutions Journalism Network offers trainings and other resources to help journalists report stories with a solutions focus.

The University of California, San Diego Health Marketing and Communications Department offers an on-site, full-time, paid, 12-month science communication fellowship program. (Note: The 2022-2023 fellowship is on hold. The fellowship will resume for 2023-24.)

The University of Colorado Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism program is a 12-month fellowship during which fellows audit courses at the University of Colorado and pursue an independent project.

The University of Southern California Annenberg Health Journalism Fellowships provide training for professional journalists during three all-expenses-paid journalism institutes, one for California journalists and two for journalists from across the nation.

Vermont Law School offers fellowships for members of the media to audit summer courses on environmental and animal law.

The World Federation of Science Journalists has an online course in science journalism in 10 languages, as well as a global listing of science journalism courses, workshops, and university degree programs. The listing is available in map or list form.

The Science Writing News Roundup is a weekly newsletter published by science writer Marianna Limas, who curates articles, workshops and other events, job and internship opportunities, podcasts and videos.

The National Association of Science Writers publishes a monthly newsletter and twice-annual magazine for NASW members.

The Association of Heath Care Journalists’ Covering Health blog reports on developments in health care journalism.

The Society of Environmental Journalists’ EJToday blog is a daily weekday digest of top environment/energy news and information of interest to environmental journalists.

The AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards honor professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

The American Association for Cancer Research’s June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism is open to print, broadcast, and online professional journalists whose stories appear in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and auditory journalism platforms that target lay public audiences.

The American Geophysical Union David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—News recognizes excellence in science news reporting. The AGU Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism—Features recognizes excellence in science feature reporting.

The American Institute of Physics’ Science Communication Awards honors work that improves the general public’s appreciation of the physical sciences, astronomy, math and related science fields. This award program is currently on hiatus.

The Association for Health Care Journalists Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology accepts submissions from publishers, editors, readers, and writers for pieces about science, nature, or the environment that have been published by an American or Canadian publication.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing offers numerous awards, including its Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award, Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for early-career science journalists, Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, and Taylor/Blakeslee Graduate Fellowships for students enrolled in U.S. graduate-level science writing programs.

The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT’s Victor K. McElheny Award recognizes outstanding local and regional journalism covering issues in science, public health, technology, or the environment.

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communication, given by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in partnership with Schmidt Futures, present prizes to science journalists and research scientists who have developed creative, original work that addresses issues and advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine for the general public.

The National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Awards provide recognition for investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences. The NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards recognize high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf of an institution or other non-media organization.

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation Awards recognize the tremendous contributions of researchers and journalists who brought to light new evidence that advances the health system and the health of Americans.

The PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award celebrates writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences.

The Society of Environmental Journalists Awards for Reporting on the Environment honor the best environmental journalism.

The National Association of Science Writers Peggy Girshman Idea Grants program provides grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 for projects and programs that are designed to help science writers in their professional lives and/or to benefit the field of science writing.

Media outlets that publish science stories, mostly U.S. & Canada, English-language is a public resource created by journalist Robin Lloyd.

SciComm Bites is a blog about the science of science communication.

Where do you begin as a science writer in India?, by Spoorthy Raman

Science Writing: Guidelines and Guidance, by Carl Zimmer

Advice from Ed Yong, The Atlantic

There are some categories of resources that we do not feature on this page, mainly because doing so in a complete or fair way is beyond our capacity. For example, the resource listings on this page do not include:

  • Reporting fellowships/grants
  • Internships
  • Job advertisements
  • Workshops and coaching services offered by individuals
  • General journalism industry and craft resources that don’t especially pertain to science writing
  • Degree programs in science writing outside the U.S.
  • Books
  • General journalism resources or awards that don’t particularly relate to science
  • An exhaustive listing of training resources to help scientists be good communicators (a small number are included here and we hope this will be a useful starting place for those who wish to learn more)
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