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Communication PowerPoints

External tools that we use:

Journalist’s Toolbox – A mega-compendium of media-related links to resources including data sites; software and apps for design and visuals; fact-checking; etc. You can access many of the tools for visual materials and mapping that we’ve mentioned in workshops. Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists. Updated almost daily. Free to anyone.

Relevant sections include Science, Medical/Health, and Environment.


CDC Newsroom – Access to CDC news releases, podcasts, etc., with videos on CDC best practices regarding various media (including social media). The site includes links to the CDC’s newsletters, including Morbidity & Mortality Weekly, and its open-access journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Florida Prevent & Protect - provides science-based information about mosquito management and mosquito-borne illnesses. This is specific for Florida and Florida's mosquito control problems which IS different from us in Tennessee. But the information is still valid and great!

Careers in Science Communication:

Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) – The top professional organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. The site offers many resources on reporting and writing, along with examples of how journalists have approached difficult health-related topics in their work. Some of these are free, but the majority of resources require membership.

National Association of Science Writers (NASW) – The largest and oldest professional organization for journalists at all levels, students, and others who work in STEM communication. Links to a variety of resources are listed on the site, including a useful section on teaching science writing, which provides class exercises, readings, and handouts.

Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) – The primary organization for professional journalists who cover environment, energy, science, health, and climate issues, SEJ includes members from the U.S. and 45 other countries. The site’s Teaching Tools page contains a list of links to student resources, such as scholarships and educational opportunities, in addition to recommended reading, teaching tips, etc.

Medical Entomology & Geospatial Analyses:
Bringing Innovation To Teacher Education & Surveillance Studies

Preventing La Crosse Infections in Tennessee Children

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