Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

A Day in the Life of Dan Vergano

Dan Vergano is a senior writer-editor at, where he focuses on space, archaeology, and enterprise reporting. He was formerly the senior science writer at USA TODAY. Follow him on Twitter @dvergano. What I’m working on: I’m digging through my notes and ideas from folks at the AAS Division of Planetary Science meeting I attended […]

A Day in the Life of Tim De Chant

Tim De Chant is the senior digital editor for NOVA and editor of NOVA Next. He produces the blog Per Square Mile and has written for Wired, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications. Tim is also a lecturer at MIT in the Graduate Program in Science Writing. Follow him on Twitter @tdechant. What I’m working on: I just finished a big feature […]

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” and “eat […]

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—the inquiry into the […]

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 the special media manager […]

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 […]

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 […]

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