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
- Tools: Planner Pad, the Funnel of Focus
- Taking Good Notes: Tricks and Tools
- How Rebecca Skloot Built The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Good Beginnings: How to Write a Lede Your Editor—and Your Readers—Will Love
- Meetings of Minds, or, How to Talk to a Scientist
- Are You a Writer or an Editor? Part I: The Writers
- How to Tell Science Stories with Maps
- Ask TON: What Does a Science Writing Master’s Program Get You?
- Nailing the Nut Graf
- Are You an Editor or a Writer? Part II: The Editors
- Virginia Hughes Enters the Land of the Sleepyheads
- A Day in the Life of Amanda Gefter
Serendipity Story: Hillary Rosner
Seth Mnookin Follows a Family Battling a Rare Genetic Disease
Ask TON: Reconnecting After a Disruption
Cynthia Graber Profiles a Modern-Day Dr. Frankenstein
Ed Yong Profiles a Scientific Dynasty
Ask TON: Organizing Notes
Natural Habitat: Cynthia Graber
Is Anyone Out There? Sourcing News Stories
Maryn McKenna Describes Life as “Scary-Disease Girl”
Ask TON: When Is Outsourcing Unethical?
A Day in the Life of Ann Finkbeiner
Making the Most of Lab Visits
Ask TON: Getting Sources to Open Up
What Is Science Journalism Worth? Part I
How to Ace a 300-Word Story: An Interview with Roy Peter Clark