Media Training

Ask a Reporter Anything: A briefing for scientists about how the news works

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2:00 – 3:15 PM EDT

Why wasn’t I quoted? Who wrote that headline? Is your deadline really in one hour? On June 16, 2021, SciLine, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), will host a virtual “Ask a Reporter Anything” event, inviting scientists from all disciplines to hear from and ask questions of reporters and editors representing a range of media outlet types, including local, national, print, radio, and specialty science publications. Reversing the usual press briefing model, journalists will be in the hot seat, fielding questions from scientists and sharing their perspectives. In a conversation moderated by SciLine, attendees will learn how day-to-day journalism really works, what a day in the life of a reporter looks like, and the professional expectations and challenges reporters face when covering science-related issues.


  • Laura Helmuth, Editor in Chief at Scientific American; former Health and Science Editor at The Washington Post
  • Naseem Miller, Senior Health Editor at Journalist’s Resource; former Health Reporter at the Orlando Sentinel
  • Brian Grimmett, Energy and Environment Reporter at KMUW Radio (Wichita); former State Legislature Reporter at KUER Radio (Salt Lake City)
  • SciLine’s Senior Associate Director for Science, Dr. Meredith Drosback, will moderate the briefing.
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Brian Grimmett

KMUW, Kansas News Service

Brian Grimmett is a two-time Regional Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist covering energy and environment stories across the state of Kansas for KMUW radio and the Kansas News Service. Brian loves to dive deep into complicated issues with the hope of making them easier to understand for general audiences. His curiosity about the world around him has driven him to be a constant learner. Before coming to KMUW and the Kansas News Service, Brian worked at KUER radio Salt Lake City covering the Utah Legislature.

Laura Helmuth

Scientific American

Laura Helmuth is the editor in chief of Scientific American. She has been an editor for The Washington Post, National Geographic, Slate, Smithsonian, and Science magazines. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s standing committee on the science of science communication, and she serves on the advisory boards of SciLine, High Country News, Spectrum magazine and 500 Women Scientists. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers.

Naseem Miller

The Journalist's Resource

Naseem Miller is senior health editor at The Journalist’s Resource, a project of Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Prior to The Journalist’s Resource she was the senior health reporter at the Orlando Sentinel, where she covered the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. In 2017, she helped start the Journalists Covering Trauma Facebook group to create a supportive space for reporters who cover tragic events.