A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

By Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

The easiest advisor for instructing and studying powerful technology writing, this moment version of A box consultant for technological know-how Writers improves at the vintage first version with a much wider diversity of themes, a brand new slate of writers, and an updated exploration of the main stimulating and tough matters in technological know-how. during this number of essays, nationally identified technological know-how writers Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig gather the easiest technology writers operating this day to provide an explanation for what they do and the way to do it well.

Field consultant combines specified and sensible how-to suggestion with considerate discussions of the demanding situations of technology journalism within the twenty first century. It doesn't shrink back from addressing such arguable concerns as cloning, stem mobile learn, eugenics, scientific overtreatment, and questions of medical honesty. delivering a finished evaluate of the sector of technological know-how writing, this publication discusses a wide variety of media and resources, from newspapers to broadcast journalism and from organizations to executive corporations. It additionally offers a close research of a few of the most well liked fields in technological know-how writing - starting from psychological wellbeing and fitness to human genetics - and covers a various array of writing kinds, from "gee-whiz" to investigative.

With greater than forty five esteemed individuals - those that paintings for such major information retailers as medical American, well known technological know-how, notice, Smithsonian, the hot York occasions, and The Wall highway magazine - this booklet is a useful source for present and aspiring technology writers, scholars and teachers in technology writing and journalism, and scientists who're drawn to technological know-how verbal exchange.

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Then there’s the healthy worker effect. A researcher studies workers who have been exposed to a risky chemical and finds that, on average, they are even healthier than the general population. But don’t absolve the chemical yet. Workers tend to be relatively healthy—they have to be to get and then keep their jobs. And expect some normal variations. People are complex. There may be day-to-day biological variations in the same person—even more between populations. Similar studies may have small differences in results, occasionally even marked differences, due to variability or other research limits.

Soon my desk and office floor are piled with journal articles, notebooks, and photocopied book chapters. You know these telltale signs. I’m overreporting. What a waste, you say; be efficient, cut to the chase. But I know that in the process of reporting, I’m educating myself. For a technically complex story like population genetics, I need extra time to grasp haplotypes—groups of genetic variations that can be used to track kinship or the lack thereof—and genetic drift (forgive me, I was an English major).

Quotes make the complex understandable. Quotes give the other side of the story. Conversational quotes help set the rhythm of a narrative. If you put a quote in a 32 Learning the Craft story that does none of these things, strongly consider taking it out. Your interviews will bring lots of quotes that are verbose, empty, and loaded with jargon. mary knudson ■ ■ ■ The three main writing problems manifested by most of my scientist-students, and my tips for fixing them: 1. Years in academia, where one is rewarded according to the fine distinctions and logical complexity of one’s thought, have bred some bad habits in many of my students.

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