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Reporter Nights at SPS: Science Journalism in the Time of COVID-19

Next week, Reporter Nights continues with two live events featuring top science reporters and editors. 

Claudia Dreifus, SPS Lecturer in Professional Studies and contributor to The New York Times and The New York Review of Books, will moderate thought-provoking conversations with The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan (7/28) and a panel of top science reporters and editors including The New York Times Science Correspondent, Apoorva Mandavilli, Jeffery DelViscio, Senior Multimedia Editor at Scientific American, John Timmer, Senior Science Editor at Ars Technica, and Katherine Bagley, Managing Editor of Yale Environment 360 (7/30). 

Presented by Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies’ M.S. in Sustainability Management program, Reporter Nights represent another way Columbia is bringing its world-class community of scholars and practitioners to students this summer. We invite you to experience this dynamic community in action and engage in the conversations that are shaping the world and driving innovation as we navigate the “new normal” and beyond. Only at Columbia.

Previous Reporter Nights featured Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from The New Yorker, Donald McNeil, The New York Times science and health correspondent who broke the COVID-19 story, John Schwartz, who covers climate change for the Times, and Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes, the author of Why Trust Science and Merchants of Doubt.


Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM EDT
Pandemic Coverage in the International Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Margaret Sullivan, Media Columnist for The Washington Post, former Editor of The Buffalo News, and Public Editor at The New York Times from 2012 to 2016, will analyze how the media has covered the biggest science story of the century. In what ways did journalists serve the public good in their pandemic coverage? Where did they fail? What are the lessons for the next pandemic?



Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 PM EDT

On the Ground Truthtelling: Editing and Reporting in the Midst of a Pandemic

Professor Dreifus and students in her class interview a panel of top science editors and reporters on their career paths, as well as the highlights and challenges of their day-to-day work. Panelists include The New York Times Science Correspondent, Apoorva Mandavilli, Jeffery DelViscio, Senior Multimedia Editor at Scientific American, John Timmer, Senior Science Editor at Ars Technica, and Katherine Bagley, Managing Editor of Yale Environment 360.



Watch past events, and learn more about the M.S. in Sustainability Management program.