In medicine, the phrase “the placebo effect” is often prefaced by the word “just”—as though the word “placebo” were a synonym for a psychological trick or a fraud, nothing more than an annoying complication for […]
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The TON Pitch Database
To tell a compelling story to readers, you first need to sell it to an editor. TON has compiled dozens of successful feature pitches to a wide range of publications.
If you have a successful pitch you’d like to submit for the TON pitch database (and if the resulting story has been published), please contact us.
- Pitching Errors: How Not to Pitch
- Paying for It: Getting Grants and Fellowships
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- How to Ace a 300-Word Story: An Interview with Roy Peter Clark
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- Oral Histories in Science Journalism: An Underrated Art
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Show Me the Money: The Economics of Freelance Science Journalism
- What Is Science Journalism Worth? Part II
- A Day in the Life of Ben Lillie
- Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
- Four Editors Give Tips on Writing Headlines. You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.
Adam Rogers Shadows a Fungus Detective
A Day in the Life of Carl Zimmer
Natural Habitat: Robin Marantz Henig
Pictures and Prose: When Photographers and Writers Work Together
A Day in the Life of Jennifer Ouellette
Covering the Environment Beat
Ask TON: When Is Outsourcing Unethical?
Single Best: Seth Mnookin
David Quammen on Turning Research Into Story, Part I
Tools: Sipping from the Internet Firehose
Single Best: Dan Ferber
Natural Habitat: Mary Caperton Morton
David Dobbs Examines a Provocative New Theory of How Genes Shape Behavior
Jon Mooallem on a Plan to Bring Hippopotamus Ranching to America
A Day in the Life of John Timmer
Meredith Wadman Probes the Aftermath of a Shooting