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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- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- 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
- Phil McKenna Describes the Making of “Life in the Death Zone”
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- A Day in the Life of Emma Marris
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- Paying for It: Getting Grants and Fellowships
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Show Me the Money: The Economics of Freelance Science Journalism
- A Day in the Life of Nidhi Subbaraman
George Johnson Chases Lightning
Butterfly On A Bullet
Serendipity Story: Hillary Rosner
John McPhee on Characters, Structure, Titles, and Facing the ‘Low Dread’ of Writing
Meredith Wadman Probes the Aftermath of a Shooting
Pictures and Prose: When Photographers and Writers Work Together
Ask TON: How Many Stories at Once?
David Dobbs Examines a Provocative New Theory of How Genes Shape Behavior
Ask TON: Finding International Stories
On the Scene: Reporting from the Field
Jon Mooallem on a Plan to Bring Hippopotamus Ranching to America
Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
A Day in the Life of Carl Zimmer
Roberta Kwok Tracks an Asteroid as It Hurtles toward Earth
Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Weaves a Tale of Scientific Rivalry and Nobel Celebration
A Day in the Life of John Timmer