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AP, HHMI expand collaboration to bolster health, science coverage

The Associated Press announced today an enhanced collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education that will further expand the news agency’s reporting on health and science over the next three years.

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A petri dish containing live yeast cultures at a New York University laboratory in New York where researchers are attempting to create completely man-made, custom-built DNA, April 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

AP will continue and broaden the “Science Says” and “Genetic Frontiers” series, grow its space reporting, and introduce new coverage areas around the environment, as well pursue data-driven projects about the environment and public health. AP retains all editorial control.

Designed to allow for deeper audience engagement and development, the multiformat health and science projects will also be used to establish best practices for science storytelling.

Funding from HHMI’s Department of Science Education, the largest private, nonprofit supporter of science education in the U.S., will add additional all-formats journalists to AP’s current health and science team.

“We are delighted to extend our relationship with HHMI,” said Sarah Nordgren, AP deputy managing editor for health and science, sports, business news and arts and entertainment. “This collaboration will enable AP to provide audiences of all ages and geographies with a deeper understanding of how science affects their lives.”

“Science will shape the world of tomorrow. So it is especially important to explain the scientific evidence that should inform our decisions, both in everyday life, and for society at large,” said Sean B. Carroll, vice president of HHMI’s Department of Science Education. “We are very excited to expand our collaboration with the AP, and to bring many more important stories about contemporary science to broad audiences.”

AP began working with HHMI in 2017 to enhance the news cooperative’s already vibrant coverage of health and science.

Initial funding allowed AP to add additional journalists to support its science reporting team, as well as increase the number of science-related stories provided to thousands of news organizations.

Among those are the “Genetic Frontiers” and “Science Says” projects, which explore genetic testing and manipulation, and scientific reasoning and research behind topics in the news, respectively.


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About the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Department of Science Education

HHMI is the leading private nonprofit supporter of scientific research and science education in the United States. The Department of Science Education’s HHMI BioInteractive division produces and provides free educational media to educators and millions of students around the globe, its HHMI Tangled Bank Studios unit creates powerful stories of scientific discovery for television and big screens, and its grants program aims to transform science education in universities and colleges. For more information, visit www.hhmi.org.

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Director of Media Relations
The Associated Press
212-621-7005
leaston@ap.org

Anna Irwin
Director of Communications
HHMI Department of Science Education
301-215-8861
irwina@hhmi.org

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