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 […]
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Patricia Thomas holds the Knight Chair in Health and Medical Journalism at the University of Georgia. She directs the master’s degree program in health and medical journalism, 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 4000-word feature to be “written” almost entirely in direct quotes from sources. I probably was. But my oral history of the […]
While Cynthia Graber isn’t new to reporting on regenerative medicine, her interview with Tufts University biologist Michael Levin led to some unexpected stories. In research that recalls the toils of Dr. Frankenstein, Levin uses electricity […]