Past Event

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

March 9, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 Co-Founder and Executive Editor of STAT Rick Berke, Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The Open Notebook Siri Carpenter, Senior Multimedia Editor at Scientific American Jeffery DelViscio, Managing Editor at Inside Climate News Erica Goode, Vice News Producer Tony Lin, Deputy Editor at Quanta Magazine John Rennie, and Editor in Chief of Undark Magazine Tom Zeller.


Moderated by Claudia Dreifus, SPS Lecturer in Professional Studies and contributor to The New York Review of Books.

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About these events:

Join us as we continue this dynamic live series exploring the mass media’s coverage of the biggest science story of our lifetime: the COVID-19 pandemic.


Claudia Dreifus, SPS Lecturer in Professional Studies and contributor to The New York Review of Books and The New York Times, will moderate thought-provoking conversations analyzing the pandemic’s origins, the resulting issues in science communications highlighted by the crisis, and how lessons learned from the pandemic can be applied to other environmental-related disasters.


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 you. This is a unique opportunity to 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 such speakers as John Schwartz, who covers climate change for The New York Times; Naomi Oreskes, Harvard science historian and the author of Why Trust Science and Merchants of Doubt; and Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Staff Writer at The New Yorker, and the author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe.


For questions, please contact Samantha Ostrowski, Associate Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability Management and Science, at [email protected].


For additional information about program offerings at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, please contact an Admissions Counselor at 212-854-9666 or [email protected].


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Samantha Ostrowski