As part of our mission to encourage coverage of science-related news, SciLine periodically provides story ideas to reporters. Scientists can help by suggesting story ideas and relevant resources for journalists.
It’s OK if you don’t have experience working with the media. Part of our process is to refine promising ideas into story pitches. Describe your story idea below, and if we think it’s a good fit for a journalist we’re in contact with, we’ll share it for them to pursue.
Types of story ideas we seek:
- A science angle on a local issue. As communities design infrastructure, regulate public and environmental health, and respond to disasters, they turn to scientific research. Are you aware of a pending local, state, or regional decision that would benefit from better public understanding of relevant science?
- An interesting research paper or trend. Individual research papers don’t often have an immediate impact on individuals or communities, but some point to exciting (or troubling) new information of public interest. Are you aware of a recent scientific advance which hasn’t been covered proportionate to its potential public impact?
- Someone remarkable in science. Sometimes a story is best told by focusing on a particularly interesting individual. Are you aware of a scientist whose research is remarkable and whose story might be of general interest?
SciLine strives to increase the diversity of voices, stories, and perspectives in science journalism. We encourage experts from across all disciplines of science and a variety of backgrounds – including gender identity, race and ethnicity, geographic location, level of postgraduate seniority, and other factors – to engage with the media by working with SciLine.