A Field Guide for Science Writers

A Field Guide for Science Writers : The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers

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This text provides practical advice to aspiring science writers and professionals in scientific fields who want to improve their writing. It explains how to cover science, medicine, public health, technology, the environment and energy issues for newspapers, books, magazines and broadcast journalism. Journalists describe the special career attractions and differing requirements of science journalism in each type of media, as well as respective difficulties and rewards. They also present techniques for good science writing and working outside the media.show more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 24.9mm | 666.85g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195100689
  • 9780195100686

About Deborah Blum

About the Editors: DEborah Blum is a science writer at The Sacramento Bee. She won the 1992 Pulitzer prize in Beat Reporting for a series of articles on primate research and has also written a book on the subject, The Monkey Wars. Mary Knudson is a freelance writer. She covered medicine for eighteen years with the Baltimore Sun. She also teaches a science-writing workshop at Johns Hopkins University.show more

Table of contents

PART I: Getting Started. 1: David Perlman: Introduction. 2: Boyce Rensberger: Covering Science for Newspapers. 3: Janice Hopkins Tanne: Writing Science for Magazines. 4: Julie Miller, Richard Kerr: Writing for Trade Journals and Science Journals. 5: David Ropeik, Ira Flatow: Broadcast Science Journalism. 6: John Noble Wilford: Writing Books on Science Topics. PART II: Techniques of the Trade. 7: Mike Toner: Introduction. 8: Mary Knudson: Telling a Good Tale. 9: Deborah Blum: Investigative Science Journalism. 10: Joel Greenberg: Using Sources. 11: Victor Cohn: Coping with Statistics. 12: Patrick Young: Writing Articles from Science Journals,. 13: Meredith Small: Scientists who Write about Science for the Public,. 14: Tom Siegfried, David Jarmul: Science Opinion Writing,. PART III: Covering the Stories in Science. 15: Abigail Trafford: Critical Coverage of Public Health and Government,. 16: Ronald Kotulak: Reporting on Biology of Behavior,. 17: Laurie Garrett: Covering Infectious Diseases,. 18: Sandy Blakeslee: Reporting on Neuroscience,. 19: Richard F. Harris: Toxins and Risk Reporting,. 20: Jim Detjen: Environmental Writing,. 21: Charles Petit: Covering Earth Sciences,. 22: Kim McDonald: Covering Physics,. 23: Jon Van: Technology Writing,. 24: Mike Lemonick: Writing about Astronomy,. PART IV: Working Outside the Media. 25: Carol Rogers: Introduction,. 26: David Salisbury: Colleges and Unversities,. 27: Rick Borchelt: Government Agencies,. 28: Cathy Yarbrough: Nonprofits, Museum, and Small Research Laboratories,. 29 Business and Industry,: Candace Gulko, Michael Ross: . PART V: Practical Matters. 30: Keay Davidson: Journalist and Scientist Co-Authors,. 31: Jane Stevens, John Shurkin: When Your Office is in Your Homeshow more

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