Posts Tagged ‘Aschwanden’

Naming the Dog: The Art of Narrative Structure

  A few years ago, I adopted a puppy. I’d picked the runt of the litter and in the weeks that I waited for him to wean, I made a list of a dozen or so potential names. In the end, I used none of them. I needed to spend time with the dog before […]

A New Year and farewell

After a year of serving as TON’s managing editor, Christie Aschwanden is stepping down to make time for other projects. During her year as managing editor, Christie instituted a weekly publishing schedule and commissioned and edited pieces about topics such as how to write essays, turn articles into books, write short and figure out if you’re a writer or an editor. […]

Tools: Planner Pad, the funnel of focus

A few months ago, I hit an important milestone — I began my second Planner Pad. This event marked one year since I’d adopted the Planner Pad task management system, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. I’m the kind of person who will write things like “make to do list” […]

The XX question

Last spring, a series of informal conversations on the status of women in science writing led to a decision that the timing was right for a more structured, in person conversation on the subject. The result was a session pitched to and approved by the National Association of Science Writers for this year’s annual meeting. Titled “The […]

Richard Todd on Good Prose

In 1973, Richard Todd was a young editor at The Atlantic Monthly. His boss, Atlantic editor-in-chief Bob Manning, had just handed him a manuscript with a note scrawled across the top, “Let’s face it, this fellow can’t write.” The story was about a mass murder in California and its author was a student at the […]

Paige Williams investigates a dinosaur fossil underworld

A dinosaur known as Tarbosaurus bataar once roamed what is now Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. About seventy million years later, its fossilized bones turned up at an auction in New York City, placing it at the center of a contentious battle between governments, paleontologists and professional bone hunters. From the moment Paige Williams learned about the black-market […]

Happy New Year and Some News

As we welcome 2013, we have some exciting changes in the works at TON. We’re pleased to announce that Christie Aschwanden has joined TON as managing editor. Christie will be commissioning and scheduling stories and making sure that our publication schedule stays on track. Please send your suggestions, questions for Ask TON and story pitches […]

Natural Habitat: Christie Aschwanden

In our “Natural Habitat” series, we invite science writers to share their working spaces — offices, spare bedrooms, coffee shops, hammocks — and the accoutrements that help them do their best work. (If you’d like to nominate your office to be featured at Natural Habitat, let us know.) Today, we drop in on Christie Aschwanden, an […]

Ask TON: Dumb questions

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I’ve heard people say it’s important not to be afraid to ask “dumb” questions. What is your favorite “dumb” interview question when interviewing scientists? What has gotten you the most useful results?

Naming the dog: The art of narrative structure

[Editors’ note: The Open Notebook is doing something new. Since we launched last fall, we have focused on deconstructing the process that goes into individual stories that possess the quality of awesomeness. We love doing these story-behind-the-story interviews and have plenty more in the hopper. But, thanks to a generous grant from the National Association […]

William Saletan explores the malleability of memory

In 2010, Slate national correspondent William Saletan wrote an eight-part series about experimental psychologist Elizabeth Loftus and her work on false memories. He began the series by inviting readers to take part in an interactive online experiment designed to illustrate how easily memories can be manipulated. (Try Slate’s experiment yourself here.) Readers were presented with […]

Christie Aschwanden pits evidence against ‘truthiness’

Christie Aschwanden shows that when it comes to selling evidence-based health care reforms, hammering people with the facts won’t change entrenched beliefs — in fact, it may only strengthen them. For evidence-based reforms to succeed, Aschwanden writes, they must put in place a narrative that patients, doctors, and health policy makers can accept and even […]

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