How to Break into English-Speaking Media as a Non-Native-English Speaker

Getting published in prominent English-language media outlets may sound impossible for those who don’t have native-English proficiency. Still, journalists from around the world have found common strategies and followed practical actionable steps to break into such publications.

Where to Get Started at The Open Notebook

We’ve published more than 500 articles on the craft of science journalism, and we also offer courses and other training opportunities, Spanish translations, DEI resources, a huge database of successful pitch letters, tip sheets, and more. Here are some starting points for digging in.

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Learning Opportunities

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Master Classes

Sharpen your skills with our free online courses, delivered to your inbox starting as soon as you sign up.

Mentoring

Programs

Learn about The Open Notebook‘s mentoring programs, including our early-career fellowship, international students Slack community, and more.

Workshops &

Consultations

Sign up for one of our upcoming workshops, host a private webinar or workshop for your team or event, or schedule a private consultation.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

We’ve published dozens of articles and resource guides that center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science journalism. Browse this page to find articles on topics such as covering Indigenous communities, reporting and writing with trans-inclusion in mind, navigating bias in newsrooms, finding diverse sources, tracking source diversity, using alt-text to make stories more accessible, freelancing on a student visa, and much, much more.

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More Resources

Pitch Database

 

Find more than 250 successful story pitches to a wide range of publications—or share your pitches with us!

Getting Started in Science Journalism

Are you a newcomer to the field? This collection of articles focuses on what you need to know to get started.

On the Origin of Science Writers

 

There’s no one “right” path into science journalism. Hear from dozens of science writers about how they got started.

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The Craft of Science Writing


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