Building a bright future for science journalism

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As a longtime reader of Science News, I’m delighted to join the staff of this remarkable publication, which has been explaining the complexities of science, medicine and technology for more than 90 years. Science News hasn’t been standing still; people can find our breaking news and in-depth coverage in the flagship magazine as well as on the Science News website, which drew more than 10 million users in 2017, and also on Facebook (2.7 million followers) and Twitter (another 2.7 million).

Science News for Students and the Science News in High Schools program, which connects students in over 4,300 high schools and their teachers with the magazine, are introducing the next generation to key issues in research, science policy and public health that affect not just the future of science, but the future of us all.

The world of journalism is evolving rapidly. In the months to come, we here at Science News will be exploring how we can better serve our core readers while also introducing our top-quality science journalism to new audiences. We’ll be investigating innovations in journalism around the world and thinking big about what new platforms or technologies could make Science News stronger, better and more accessible. Who better than science journalists to help invent the news delivery systems of the future?

Twelve years ago, few among us would have imagined that we’d be reading the news on the lock screens of our smartphones. I certainly can’t imagine how we’ll be reading a decade from now. But I’m looking forward to finding out.

Rest assured, our commitment to rigorous reporting, accuracy, fairness and transparency will remain at the core of our mission at Science News. I’m looking forward to moving into the future with you and for you, our readers.

Nancy Shute is editor in chief of Science News Media Group. Previously, she was an editor at NPR and US News & World Report, and a contributor to National Geographic and Scientific American. She is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers.

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