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Ask TON: Taking notes discreetly

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: When you are reporting for a narrative story, interviewing sources — say a researcher or a family — how do you take notes or record what’s going on without being obtrusive? Dan Ferber, science writer, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering […]

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Ask TON: How soon to repitch the same editor?

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    Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I just received a nice rejection letter from an editor who encouraged me to try again. I’d really like to write for this publication. How soon is too soon to pitch another story?

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Ask TON: How much editing to expect?

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’ve been a journalist for nearly a decade, but just recently went freelance. The first two stories I’ve had accepted, both about 1,500 words long, went through several rounds of editing over the course of several days. While I benefited from this […]

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Ask TON: Reconnecting after a disruption

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: If you’ve been out of science writing for a bit, either from a major project that took longer than you thought it would, or a life change like a baby, what’s the best way to get back in?

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Ask TON: How many stories at once?

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* Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: How many stories do freelance science writers work on at a given time?

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Ask TON: Breaking into science writing

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’m a new science writer and I have very few published clips. What types of stories, and what types of venues (or specific ones) are best for someone like me to pitch to? And what are some good strategies for […]

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Ask TON: How many interviews?

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: For a typical mid-length feature story, how many interviews would you typically do, and how long would each one typically last?

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Ask TON: Which meetings?

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: How do you decide which meetings/conferences to attend?

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Ask TON: How do you juggle assignments?

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* * Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: How many stories are you working on at one time, and how do you manage your assignments so that you’re not over- or underworked?

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Ask TON: Why blog?

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* Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: Why blog? It takes a lot of time and energy that you might otherwise spend on higher paid work. What do you get out of blogging?

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Ask TON: What does a science writing master’s program get you?

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  Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: What does one learn in a science writing master’s program? What are the main elements of a typical curriculum? What are the benefits of doing such a degree? The drawbacks? Is there any hope of graduating without incurring crippling levels of […]

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Ask TON: Planning reporting

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Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I feel like I waste a lot of time when I’m reporting for feature articles — feeling hazy about what I’m aiming to learn, asking the wrong questions, having to go back and ask a lot of follow-up questions — not […]

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