Dear friends of The Open Notebook,
As we at TON reflect on the events of the past year, we are intensely grateful for the generosity of the science writing community—both for the essential stories you’ve brought into the world and for the insights, expertise, perspectives, and mentorship you’ve offered in order to help others sharpen their science-writing skills. Over the past 10+ years, The Open Notebook has published more than 500 articles aimed at helping science journalists improve their craft. In recent months, for example, we’ve covered topics such as vetting scientific journal articles, how to handle mistakes (yep, we all make them), how editors can support writers with mental health conditions, and how to report on contested illnesses.
In the past year, we’ve also continued to expand our Diverse Voices in Science Journalism series as well as our TON en Español Spanish translations program, published a growing collection of articles that provide practical support and guidance for reporters covering COVID-19, created an extensive resource page to help science journalists find diverse sources for science stories, and launched a new series of (free!) Science Journalism Master Classes. And this year, we are mentoring four early-career science journalists through our longstanding intensive fellowship program.
Even as we continue and build upon our core programs, we have a number of new projects in the works, including a peer-mentoring program to connect science journalists with local reporters and editors who don’t specialize in science and a series of professional-development webinars and virtual trainings for science writers and editors.
To make all this possible, we depend on the financial support of our community. If TON is a meaningful resource for you, please consider making a donation or a monthly recurring contribution. All donations are tax-deductible. If you are unable to give at this time, please know that we do understand, and we urge you to continue to use The Open Notebook as a resource and to share it with others who might find it valuable.
Thank you for your generosity!