Choosing Unconventional Main Characters

Beyond the leading scientist behind a new discovery, whom should science journalists star as central characters in their reporting? Unconventional characters can take a story to greater depths, highlight overlooked voices, and provide the audience new perspectives that may both surprise and delight. Choosing which character to feature may feel daunting, but it also invites journalists to flex their creativity and storytelling skills.

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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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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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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