Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

Smooth scriptwriting

Like reporters on any beat, science journalists have the option of telling stories through a variety of media. Audio and video provide alternate ways of crafting compelling narratives. But writing for multimedia outlets involves a different set of skills than writing for print. A group of science journalists and producers recently guided TON through the process […]

A Day in the Life of John Timmer

John Timmer is the science editor of Ars Technica and teaches journalism, communications, and scientific writing at Stony Brook University and Weill Cornell Medical College. You can see more about what he does or follow him on Twitter @j_timmer. Where I work: I work in a home office in Brooklyn. Ars Technica runs online: we have a […]

Covering the environment beat

Taking on the environment beat is like marrying into a big, colorful family. Environmental reporters need to keep abreast of news in many different niches, including climate change, ecology, ecosystem management, public policy, international relations, business, health, transportation, public lands, water and energy. How can an environmental journalist keep tabs on all these facets of […]

Tools: Planner Pad, the funnel of focus

A few months ago, I hit an important milestone — I began my second Planner Pad. This event marked one year since I’d adopted the Planner Pad task management system, and I’m not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. I’m the kind of person who will write things like “make to do list” […]

A Day in the Life of Hannah Hoag

Hannah Hoag is a science journalist and editor based in Toronto, Canada. Her writing has been published in Discover, Nature, New Scientist, Wired, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @hannahh. What I’m working on: This year’s been a rather different sort of work year than most with a lot less writing and […]

Butterfly On A Bullet

It was the best of assignments and the worst. My editors John Carroll and Ashley Dunn at The Los Angeles Times asked me to take readers behind the scenes of the largest and most public accident investigation in U.S. history — and one of the most heavily covered national news events of the 21st century  […]

A Day in the Life of Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a producer, designer and writer based in Brooklyn. She tries to explain sciencey stuff for places like The New York Times, Scientific American, The Story Collider, Minute Earth, TED-Ed and OnEarth. She’s a regular blogger for Smithsonian Magazine’s newest online endeavor — Smart News, an editor of all things animated at TED Education, and […]

A Day in the Life of Emily Anthes

Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Scientific American, BBC Future, SEED, Discover, Popular Science, Slate, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her new book, Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, was published in March 2013. Emily lives in Brooklyn, New York with her dog, Milo. What […]

Greg Miller examines mental health care in Indonesia

For many people in the developing world who are mentally ill, psychiatric care is little more than a prison sentence. In one corner of Indonesia, that’s beginning to change, thanks in part to the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region, providing a final impetus to develop a mental health system that had long […]

Daniel Engber dissects the ubiquitous laboratory mouse

When Slate senior editor Daniel Engber took a month off from his usual duties to research a multi-part series on laboratory mice, he had a thesis — that although the ubiquity of mice as model organisms has clear advantages, it is in some ways damaging to biomedicine. What he needed was stories and characters to […]

Taking good notes: Tricks and tools

Whether you rely on a digital recorder or a laptop or a ragtag collection of mismatched notebooks, you need to take good notes. That doesn’t just mean that your handwriting needs to be legible — though that matters too. It means that your notes capture the essence of what you have observed, from the words […]

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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