Posts Tagged ‘Erdmann’

How to Prepare for the ScienceWriters2013 Power Pitch

The “power pitch” session at ScienceWriters2013 will give writers a chance to connect face-to-face with editors from 11 different publishers and publications. The session will be held Saturday morning from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Century ballroom A. But you will have to sign up beforehand. For information on how to sign up, go […]

Serendipity Stories: A New TON Series

A couple of months ago, science writer Jim Kling offered to share a story with TON readers about his unconventional path to a Science Careers story about a biologist who had learned to use her border collie not to herd sheep but to sniff out rare turtles as part of her field research. We were […]

Ask TON: How Do You Juggle Assignments?

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?

Maryn McKenna Reports the Dark Side of Agriculture

Science journalist Maryn McKenna has covered the infectious diseases beat for more than a decade. During that time, she’s written countless articles and two award-winning books on the subject. Through her reporting, she developed an interest in how large-scale farming operations spread antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Last year, McKenna produced a package of stories on women who had […]

Cramming for the Slam

Few tasks bring more stress and anxiety to freelancers than pitching a story, except coming face-to-face with an editor at a meeting and pitching a story on the spot—in front of an audience. With ScienceWriters 2012 and the pitch slam in just a few days, we decided to help freelancers prepare by offering up some […]

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee Weaves a Tale of Scientific Rivalry and Nobel Celebration

The three cosmologists who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the 1998 discovery of the accelerating universe were only a few of the dozens of scientists, working on two competing teams, who contributed to the discovery. In a show of team-spirited solidarity, those fortunate enough to be recognized by the Nobel committee invited […]

Erik Vance Scrutinizes a Battle over Dolphin Rights

Reporting from the trenches in the war over dolphin rights, freelance science writer Erik Vance relates the story of Lori Marino and Diana Reiss, dolphin researchers who have spent most of their careers as close colleagues and friends, but whose agendas diverged after Marino moved away from research on captive dolphins and immersed herself in a […]

John McPhee on Characters, Structure, Titles, and Facing the ‘Low Dread’ of Writing

Is there a science writer alive who has not been schooled by John McPhee? Both of us began our writing careers with a collection of McPhee’s books and articles on our shelves, and over the years, we’ve both returned to his works many times, for pleasure and for sustenance. Writing at the excellent blog The Last […]

Maryn McKenna Describes Life as “Scary-Disease Girl”

For nearly all her career, journalist and author Maryn McKenna has written about public health, from Midwest droughts to bird flu to Gulf War Syndrome. While covering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McKenna got the nickname “Scary-Disease Girl,” a moniker that befits the infectious disease beat she has […]

Meredith Wadman Probes the Aftermath of a Shooting

On Friday, February 12, 2010, biologist Amy Bishop stood up in a conference room at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and shot six of her colleagues; three died. Nature correspondent Meredith Wadman visited the campus to recount the horror of those moments and efforts to rebuild a shattered department. [Life After Death appeared in […]

David Dobbs Deconstructs “My Mother’s Lover”

When journalist David Dobbs’ mother was dying, she shocked her children by asking that her ashes be spread in the waters off the coast of Hawaii, so that she could be with her former lover, “Angus,” who had been shot down over the Pacific in the last days of World War II. This unexpected request, […]

Robin Marantz Henig Explores the Biology of Anxiety

New York Times Magazine contributing writer Robin Marantz Henig traveled to Harvard and the University of Maryland for a story on the biology of anxiety. Alongside top developmental psychologists, she watched research videos on infant temperament dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, then used the videos to set scenes that would bring to life […]

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