Who we are
Founded in 2003, Science News for Students is an award-winning online publication dedicated to providing age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents and educators. SNS is a publication of the Science News Media Group, which is a program of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. SNS — which is free to use — helps to fulfill the Society’s mission by connecting the latest in scientific research to learning in and out of the classroom.
Since 1921, when renowned journalist Edward W. Scripps and California zoologist William Emerson Ritter founded the Society (then known as Science Service), SSP has conveyed the excitement of science and research directly to the public through its award-winning publications. The organization launched its flagship publication in 1921 as Science News-Letter. The publication, which was redesigned as a magazine in 1926, quickly grew into a prime source of science news for libraries, schools and individuals. Renamed Science News in 1966, this award-winning magazine now attracts millions of readers annually to its daily online and biweekly print publications.
Science News for Students (formerly Science News for Kids) publishes award-winning journalism on research across the breadth of science, health and technology fields. It aims to bring these new developments to a younger audience. Published daily, SNS posts both shorter news stories and longer features, all written with a vocabulary and sentence structure aimed at readers 9 to 14 years old. The breadth of technical subjects and tone attracts many advanced readers as well. Our stories highlight ongoing research in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology. (SNS does not publish original scientific results.) Stories are reported by experienced science journalists, many with PhDs in the fields on which they write.
To help teachers, parents and other educators, each story includes further readings, citations to the original research on which the stories are based, power words (glossary terms) and a readability score that ensures the text is accessible to teens and tweens. Longer features also have extra materials to aid in classroom use. In addition, SNS publishes blogs such as Eureka! Lab, which show students, teachers and parents how science really works, what scientists do, what goes into conducting first-class research and science projects, and how anyone can get involved in doing science.
The Society for Science & the Public also runs world-class science-education competitions for youth — the Regeneron Science Talent Search (STS), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS. Today, the Society is dedicated to providing concise, accurate science news and inspirational opportunities to our nearly 100,000 subscribing members, the 50,000 worldwide alumni of our competitions and millions of unique online visitors and social media followers.
If you are a science journalist interested in writing for SNS, send an e-mail to Janet Raloff, Editor, with your pitch, clips and resume.
Science News for Students
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Science News for Students
Janet Raloff | Editor, Science News for Students
Sarah Zielinski | Managing Editor
Bethany Brookshire | Staff Writer
Lillian Steenblik Hwang | Web Producer
Contributing Editors: Siri Carpenter, Elizabeth Preston
Contributing Writers: Stephen Ornes, Sid Perkins, Alison Stevens, Kathiann Kowalski