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
- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
- Phil McKenna Describes the Making of “Life in the Death Zone”
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- Paying for It: Getting Grants and Fellowships
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Ask TON: Using PIOs to Hunt Stories
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- A Day in the Life of Emma Marris
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- How to Ace a 300-Word Story: An Interview with Roy Peter Clark
- Show Me the Money: The Economics of Freelance Science Journalism
Single Best: Elizabeth Preston
Pictures and Prose: When Photographers and Writers Work Together
Ask TON: Using Outlines and Storyboards
Ask TON: Repitching Killed Stories
A Day in the Life of Tim De Chant
Deborah Blum: From Book to Documentary Film
Robin Marantz Henig Examines End of Life Issues
Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
Christie Aschwanden Pits Evidence against ‘Truthiness’
Ask TON: Breaking Into Science Writing
A Day in the Life of Jo Marchant
Jennifer Kahn Asks: Can a Child Psychopath Be Saved?
Ask TON: How Many Interviews?
Susan Dominus Delves into the Lives and Minds of a Remarkable Pair of Conjoined Twins
Sharpening Ideas: From Topic to Story
Pitching Errors: How Not to Pitch