Science journalist Cristine Russell talks about the, er, breakthrough moment when she learned to avoid a certain science writing cliché. Russell is an adjunct professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.
After many years of freelancing for publications such as Science, Reader’s Digest, HHMI Bulletin, and others, longtime science journalist and author Dan Ferber talks about the detective skills needed to spin a good science yarn. Ferber is co-author of Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens our Health and What We Can Do About It.
Paul Raeburn shares the ideal he always has in mind for the perfect story. Raeburn is a journalist and blogger, and the author of Do Fathers Matter? The New Science of Fatherhood, to be published for Father’s Day, 2014 by Scientific American/FSG. He is also the chief media critic for the Knight Science Journalism Tracker at MIT.
Science journalist David Dobbs explains how he found an ending to his #1 Kindle-Single bestselling e-book, My Mother’s Lover, published by The Atavist. Dobbs is an author and journalist who writes about science and culture for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Wired, National Geographic, and other magazines.
Maryn McKenna shares a lesson she learned while reporting on a tsunami. McKenna is a columnist for Scientific American, a blogger for Wired, and the author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Deborah Blum is the author of five books, most recently the best-selling The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. Blum is a science blogger for Wired and is currently working on a book about poisonous food.