We are thrilled to introduce the latest recipient of our fellowship for early-career science journalists, made possible by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Our last call for fellowship applications, just last fall, drew such a large number of outstanding candidates that we decided to go back to that pool to choose our next fellow. Jane Hu’s application was irresistible. She impressed us with the sophistication of her understanding of the science journalism profession, her already impressive reporting and writing skills, her ideas for TON stories—and her humor. TON readers will get to know Jane and her work in the coming months, but for now, here’s a little bit about her:
Jane C. Hu is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington. Her favorite stories usually involve brains, animal cognition, language, or the intersection of science and society. Her work has appeared at Slate, where she was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow; The Atlantic; Nautilus; and others. You can find her on Twitter at @jane_c_hu.
We’re also very pleased that veteran science writer Stephen Ornes has signed on as Jane’s mentor and editor for the fellowship. Stephen is an award-winning freelancer based in Nashville, Tennessee. He covers space, physics, cancer research, and mathematics, and is a regular contributor to Science News for Students, a magazine for tweens and teens. He also teaches an undergraduate class on science communication at Vanderbilt University, and he tweets from @stephenornes.
We welcome Jane and Stephen to the TON/BWF fellowship community!