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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In A Field Guide for Science Writers, the official guide of the National Association of Science Writers, budding journalists and veteran reporters have a superb roadmap to this exciting area of journalism. Here some three dozen of the best known science writers in America share their hard-earned knowledge on how they do their job. Filled with anecdotes and down-to-earth, practical information, this book will be a bible for the would-be and jobbing science writer.show more

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  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 135.9 x 202.7 x 15.7mm | 226.8g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0195124944
  • 9780195124941
  • 2,044,826

About Deborah Blum

Deborah Blum is a professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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

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"This knowledgeable group of writers and editors points readers to the best sources and stories, discusses investigative reporting, tells how to pitch finished articles to editors, and much more."--Science News"Pick a scientific field... and 1 of 38 science writers will tell you his or her secrets of writing clearly, and with the force of human narrative, about subjects often muddled in the public mind."--The Bloomsbury Review "This knowledgeable group of writers and editors points readers to the best sources and stories, discusses investigative reporting, tells how to pitch finished articles to editors, and much more."--Science News "Pick a scientific field... and 1 of 38 science writers will tell you his or her secrets of writing clearly, and with the force of human narrative, about subjects often muddled in the public mind."--The Bloomsbury Review "This knowledgeable group of writers and editors points readers to the best sources and stories, discusses investigative reporting, tells how to pitch finished articles to editors, and much more."--Science News "Pick a scientific field... and 1 of 38 science writers will tell you his or her secrets of writing clearly, and with the force of human narrative, about subjects often muddled in the public mind."--The Bloomsbury Review "This knowledgeable group of writers and editors points readers to the best sources and stories, discusses investigative reporting, tells how to pitch finished articles to editors, and much more."--Science News"Pick a scientific field... and 1 of 38 science writers will tell you his or her secrets of writing clearly, and with the force of human narrative, about subjects often muddled in the public mind."--The Bloomsbury Reviewshow more

Table of contents

PART I: GETTING STARTED; 1. Introduction; 2. Covering Science for Newspapers; 3. Writing Science for Magazines; 4. Writing for Trade Journals and Science Journals; 5. Broadcast Science Journalism; 6. Writing Books on Science Topics; PART II: TECHNIQUES OF THE TRADE; 7. Introduction; 8. Telling a Good Tale; 9. Investigative Science Journalism; 10. Using Sources; 11. Coping with Statistics; 12. Writing Articles from Science Journals,; 13. Scientists who Write about Science for the Public,; 14. Science Opinion Writing,; PART III: COVERING THE STORIES IN SCIENCE; 15. Critical Coverage of Public Health and Government,; 16. Reporting on Biology of Behavior,; 17. Covering Infectious Diseases,; 18. Reporting on Neuroscience,; 19. Toxins and Risk Reporting,; 20. Environmental Writing,; 21. Covering Earth Sciences,; 22. Covering Physics,; 23. Technology Writing,; 24. Writing about Astronomy,; PART IV: WORKING OUTSIDE THE MEDIA; 25. Introduction,; 26. Colleges and Unversities,; 27. Government Agencies,; 28. Nonprofits, Museum, and Small Research Laboratories,; PART V: PRACTICAL MATTERS; 30. Journalist and Scientist Co-Authors,; 31. When Your Office is in Your Homeshow more

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