One of the joys of science writing is the chance to follow your curiosity. When you’re interviewing interesting people for any one story, they invariably drop some ear-tingling tidbits that seem like promising premises […]
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The challenging thing about medical stories is that they can go off the rails before you’ve written the first word—when you choose what to write about. Every week brings hundreds of studies unveiling results, an […]
Kathryn Schulz’s New Yorker story “The Really Big One” opens in Japan, moments before the 2011 Tohuku earthquake. American seismologist Chris Goldfinger, who is attending an international conference in the city of Kashiwa, feels the room begin to shake.
Great investigative projects usually begin with journalists brave enough to be guided by their own curiosity even if their sources—or their colleagues—think they’re a bit daft. Such journalists allow themselves to articulate the embarrassingly obvious, […]
Every day, dozens of press releases flood science journalists’ inboxes. Each one announces new scientific results—often crowned with superlatives like oldest, biggest, fastest—and each one is carefully crafted to pique reporters’ interest. Some of these […]
Patricia Thomas directs the master’s degree program in health and medical journalism at the University of Georgia, organizes professional workshops for journalists, and trains researchers to explain their work to general audiences. She freelances for print and web.
My editors at Nature must have thought I was crazy when I pitched a 4,000-word feature to be “written” almost entirely in direct quotes from sources. I probably was. But my oral history of […]