Jamie Lauren Keiles Follows the Surgical and Philosophical Journey of Phalloplasty

In a piece for The New York Times Magazine, Jamie Lauren Keiles chronicles one patient’s phalloplasty, the years-long, multi-stage surgical construction of a penis. Keiles talked with Celia Ford about how they stitched together this longitudinal, subject-centered story and the importance of telling trans health stories with honesty, humor, and nuance.

NEW Virtual Workshop Series: The Craft of Science Editing

Our interactive workshops will give emerging and established editors the skills and confidence to work with writers on selecting and sharpening story ideas, planning and carrying out reporting, anticipating and troubleshooting problems in the reporting and writing process, and crafting accurate and compelling stories.

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.


Learning Opportunities


Master Classes

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Learn about The Open Notebook‘s mentoring programs, including our longstanding early-career fellowship program.

Workshops &


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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