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
- Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers
- 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
- Good Beginnings: How to Write a Lede Your Editor—and Your Readers—Will Love
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- Virginia Hughes Enters the Land of the Sleepyheads
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Congratulations, You’re an Editor! What Do You Do Now?
- A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
- An Army of Helpers: Twitter as a Reporting Tool
Maryn McKenna Reports the Dark Side of Agriculture
Adam Rogers Shadows a Fungus Detective
Paying for It: Getting Grants and Fellowships
A Day in the Life of Maggie Koerth-Baker
Diversity in Science Writing: A Survey
The Art of the Essay
Robin Marantz Henig Examines End of Life Issues
A Day in the Life of Emily Anthes
Sharpening Ideas: From Topic to Story
TON Collaborates with Knight Science Journalism at MIT
Ask TON: How Many Interviews?
A Day in the Life of Rose Eveleth
Carl Zimmer Ponders Unseen Ecosystems Teeming Within Us
What Is Science Journalism Worth? Part II
Ask TON: How Many Stories at Once?
Ask TON: Embedded with Scientists