Today we continue our series Single Best, where we ask top science writers and editors to give us their single best piece of advice, given or taken; or their single best idea, reporting trip or memorable experience. Here, Laura Helmuth shares a bit of wisdom she learned from Molly Ivins.
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- Pitching Errors: How Not to Pitch
- Trading the Pipette for the Pen: Transitioning from Science to Science Writing
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Virginia Hughes Enters the Land of the Sleepyheads
- A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
- An Army of Helpers: Twitter as a Reporting Tool
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Phil McKenna Describes the Making of “Life in the Death Zone”
- Congratulations, You’re an Editor! What Do You Do Now?
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- A Day in the Life of Emma Marris
David Dobbs Examines a Provocative New Theory of How Genes Shape Behavior
Ask TON: Organizing Notes
Creating Characters on the Page
Single Best: Elizabeth Preston
Is Anyone Out There? Sourcing News Stories
Carl Zimmer Ponders Unseen Ecosystems Teeming Within Us
Happy Birthday to Us! And … Introducing “Ask TON”
Ask TON: Using PIOs to Hunt Stories
Susan Dominus Delves into the Lives and Minds of a Remarkable Pair of Conjoined Twins
Tools: Sipping from the Internet Firehose
Liza Gross Digs into California’s Pesticide Data
Christie Aschwanden Pits Evidence against ‘Truthiness’
Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
David Quammen on Turning Research Into Story, Part I
Florence Williams Takes the Measure of Modern Breasts
How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks