Posts Tagged ‘Ferber’

Ask TON: How to Build Narrative in Explanatory Stories

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. This month we’re talking about how to turn your story’s vegetables into a juicy, tasty stew. You have an assignment to cover new developments in a complicated field. You’ve been following it for a while, so you know the basics and the main players. You know you […]

Single Best: Dan Ferber

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, longtime science journalist and author Dan Ferber talks about the detective skills needed to spin a good science yarn. […]

Ask TON: Taking Notes Discreetly

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?

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 […]

Sharpening Ideas: From Topic to Story

George Johnson wanted to write about new developments in cancer research for The New York Times. But he needed to find a story that would let him to do it. So last year Johnson, a regular contributor to The Times’ science section who’s writing a book about cancer, cut a deal with his editor. He’d […]

Ask TON: Organizing Notes

Welcome back for another installment of Ask TON. (Click here to see previous installments.) Today’s question: I have a confession. I don’t really know how to take good research notes. When I’m reporting feature stories, I end up with a stack of research papers and other materials. I read through the papers, highlighting things and maybe writing little […]

Dan Ferber Relates One Couple’s Struggle against the Farm Next Door

Concentrated fumes from a neighboring farm made Eric and Lisa Stickdorn so ill they had to leave their home and take up residence in a church basement. In a story that won the 2009-10 award for best environmental coverage from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Dan Ferber tells the Stickdorns’ story, […]

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