Publishing is what journalists do. The innovative curriculum at SHERP emphasizes real reporting assignments from the very start. SHERP students not only publish in major media outlets, they also run their own. Scienceline is a webzine about the world of science, a daily chronicle of news and views on topics ranging from the momentous to the ridiculous. SHERP students don’t just write stories for Scienceline, they also assign and edit them. The webzine is updated frequently, often every weekday.
Scienceline’s mix of news, features and blogs, plus videos and audio podcasts, has attracted a worldwide audience in the millions since launching in 2006. The site is both a unique training tool and a popular publishing platform, attracting more than 2 million visitors per year and regularly winning awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists. Under syndication agreements, stories from Scienceline frequently are published simultaneously on the web sites of Scientific American, Discover, Popular Science, LiveScience, Space.com, OnEarth, The Scientist and other outlets.
In addition to publishing in Scienceline and its syndication partners, SHERP students work directly for professional media during their internships, often with SHERP alumni as mentors. SHERP students almost always publish wherever they intern, whether at The New York Times, NOVA, Wired, Scientific American Mind or dozens of other outlets. SHERP students have also been awarded national journalism prizes and fellowships for their work.