Viewing: Additional Reading and Resources
- How Science Works
- Sources and Experts: Where to Find Them and How to Vet Them
- Making Sense of Science Stats
- Editing for Story
- Editing Controversial Science
- Holding Science to Account
- Covering Health Care
- Climate and the Environment
- Fact-Checking Science Journalism: How to Make Sure Your Stories Are True
Illustrating Complex Science Stories
- The Role of Visuals in Science Journalism
- The Process of Building Science-Centric Graphics
- Strategies for Using Visuals to Put Breaking Science in Context
- Special Considerations for Data Visualization
- Uncertainty and Misinformation
- Editorial Illustration, Photography, and Moving Images
- Additional Reading and Resources
- About the Author
- Social Media and Reader Engagement
- Popular Science
- Op-Eds and Essays
- About This Handbook
Additional Reading and Resources
- American Press Institute’s “Need to Know” Newsletter
- Nieman Journalism Lab’s newsletter
- Digiday newsletters
- Gather: A community for people working in engaged journalism and related fields. Offerings include a Slack group, virtual lightning chats, and a slew of cases studies and other resources.
- Social Media Managers Facebook Group: A group run by Social Media Pro, an online social-media training company. Although it isn’t journalism-focused, it’s helpful for keeping a pulse on broader trends in social media.
- The Social Media Geek Out: Run by the consultant Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra), this group often includes posts about product updates on social-media platforms.
- Engagement @ sci pubs: A Twitter list maintained by me, including people who work in engagement and related positions, many of whom contributed insights to this chapter.
- ScienceWriters on Twitter: Lists journalists, press officers, and other science communicators, maintained by the National Association of Science Writers (@ScienceWriters).
People to Follow on Twitter
- Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra): Social-media consultant, founder of the Facebook group “The Social Media Geek Out”
- Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz): Follow to find out what the kids are up to.
- Gretchen McCulloch (@GretchenAMcC): Internet linguist and author of the book Because Internet, she explains the ways people use language in a digital context
- Amy Webb (@amywebb): Futurist and author of The Signals Are Talking, who urges companies (including media) to look farther into the future.
- “How Americans Get Science News and Information” (September 2017): Report indicates that 54 percent of Americans get science news from general news outlets, but that they don’t consider those sources the most accurate. More-trusted sources include museums, documentaries, and science magazines. Respondents reported a low level of trust for the science news they see on social media.
- “The Science People See on Social Media” (March 2018): An analysis of science-related Facebook pages, including those run by organizations with a presence on multiple channels (largely media outlets) and “Facebook primary” pages like IFLScience. Take it with a grain of salt, as the data were collected before the big algorithm change in 2018.
- “Sizing Up Twitter Users” (April 2019): A few nuggets: 80 percent of tweets come from the top 10-percent-most-active tweeters. Active users are mostly women and focus on politics. Users tend to be younger, more educated, and more likely to be Democrats than the overall U.S. adult population.
- How Black Twitter and other social-media communities interact with mainstream news. A Knight Foundation report analyzes tweets from three communities on Twitter — categorized as Black Twitter, Feminist Twitter and Asian American Twitter — and includes interviews with journalists and activists connected to those spaces. A few hashtags were STEM-related, such as #ilooklikeanengineer and #distractinglysexy. The report examines concerns and criticisms that members of these online communities have regarding the media, and offers potential ways that journalists can think about better engaging in these online spaces.
- “How to Be an Ally in the Newsroom“: One specific piece of advice that is applicable in the audience-engagement role in any newsroom is to analyze your Twitter feed and see who you (or the account) are following and amplifying.
- “How do audiences really ‘engage’ with news?” A commentary from 2019 probing what the term “audience engagement” even means, and the uncertainty about what the benefits are.
- “The business case for listening to your audience is still murky (but early results are promising)“. Will audience engagement actually improve the bottom line? A 2019 report (covered by Christine Schmidt for Nieman Lab) examines the impact of three dozen newsroom experiments, where the answer was unclear.
Limitations of Web Metrics
- “It’s 2015 — You’d Think We’d Have Figured Out How To Measure Web Traffic By Now“: It’s no longer 2015, of course, but that doesn’t make this feature by Sam Dean for FiveThirtyEight any less insightful.
- “How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.“: A rundown of the types of bots and “fake” traffic, by Max Read, in New York Magazine, 2018.
- “Managing Your Mental Health While Managing a Newsroom’s Social Media“: Interviews with social-media managers about staying sane while staying connected, by Chaseedaw Giles for Kaiser Health News.
- Behind the Curve: A Netflix documentary about flat earth believers. It provides insight into the thinking of people who distrust established science, the relationship of that thinking to conspiracy theories, and how it has spread.