Dear friends of The Open Notebook,
2019 has been an exhilarating year for The Open Notebook. We’ve published dozens of new articles, interviews, Storygram annotations, and writer profiles. We’ve added new pitches to our Pitch Database, continued to build our Diverse Voices series, and mentored talented science journalists through our early-career fellowship program. And we’ve created new collections of stories, on using narrative to tell science stories and doing environmental journalism.
We’ve also stepped into some new territory:
- We launched TON en Español. This growing collection of TON stories translated into Spanish has been made possible by gifts from members of the science writing community.
- We hosted the World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest. The first #PeepYourScience was such a roaring (er, peeping?) success that we’ll be doing it all over again in 2020.
- We’re publishing a book. Whoa. It’s true. A book you can buy in a bookstore and hold in your hands. The Craft of Science Writing will be published in February, and is available for pre-order now.
- We’re hosting a workshop for science editors. In April, instructors Jacqui Banaszynski, Laura Helmuth, and Siri Carpenter (that’s me!) will guide discussions and hands-on activities to help science editors develop skills in selecting and shaping story ideas, coaching writers to bring out their best work, advocating for writers to higher-ups … and much more. (Just finding out about this now? It’s not too late to apply! Rolling admissions begin December 6.)
To make all this happen, we depend on donations from our community. Thanks to a pool of generous matching donors, gifts to The Open Notebook made from now through December 31 will be doubled, up to a total of $5,000. If TON is a meaningful resource for you, please consider making a donation or a monthly recurring contribution. All donations are tax-deductible.
Thank you for your generosity!