Posts Tagged ‘McKenna’

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 […]

Single Best: Maryn McKenna

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, Maryn McKenna shares a lesson she learned while reporting on a tsunami. McKenna is a columnist for Scientific American, […]

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 ScienceWriters2012 and the pitch slam in just a few days, we decided to help freelancers prepare by offering up […]

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 […]

Making the leap from news to books: Critical questions

Authors of science books often begin as writers of science news. As a science journalist who is looking to write a book, I’ve become very curious as to how other science journalists made the leap forward. I suspected that the questions that go into books might be different from those that drive newspaper and magazine […]

Happy Birthday to us! And…introducing “Ask TON”

TON is one! A year ago today, The Open Notebook published our first stories, launching an ongoing series of “story behind the story” interviews with some of the science journalists whose work we admire. Our idea then, as now, was that despite the changing marketplace for science journalism, craftsmanship still matters. With that in mind, […]

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 […]

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