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 consultant for instructing and studying powerful technological know-how writing, this moment version of A box consultant for technology Writers improves at the vintage first version with a much broader variety of subject matters, a brand new slate of writers, and an up to date exploration of the main stimulating and difficult concerns in technological know-how. during this choice of essays, nationally recognized technological know-how writers Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig gather the simplest technology writers operating this present day to give an explanation for what they do and the way to do it well.

Field advisor combines distinct and sensible how-to recommendation with considerate discussions of the demanding situations of technology journalism within the twenty first century. It doesn't draw back from addressing such debatable concerns as cloning, stem phone learn, eugenics, scientific overtreatment, and questions of clinical honesty. providing a entire assessment of the sphere of technology writing, this e-book discusses a extensive diversity of media and assets, from newspapers to broadcast journalism and from organisations to executive organisations. It additionally offers a close research of a few of the most popular fields in technological know-how writing - starting from psychological health and wellbeing to human genetics - and covers a various array of writing kinds, from "gee-whiz" to investigative.

With greater than forty five esteemed members - those who paintings for such major information shops as clinical American, renowned technological know-how, realize, Smithsonian, the hot York instances, and The Wall road magazine - this booklet is a useful source for present and aspiring technology writers, scholars and teachers in technological know-how writing and journalism, and scientists who're attracted to technology conversation.

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He was old and wily and appreciated those stories that would glide through the copy desk and get him home in time for a glass of scotch and dinner with the family. Now, more than 20 years after getting that good advice, I too appreciate the easy stories. But I’m still trying for the hard ones. Every few years, if I’m lucky, I manage to pull one off. When I do, the small, secret joy of having done so sustains me through months of too-short deadlines and too-tight space. In thinking about what elevates a story from okay to prizewinner, from another day at the office to the top of the clip file, I think again about that 34 Taking Your Story to the Next Level 35 long-ago editor, a grizzled veteran of the Saturday Evening Post.

This applies not only to science writing but to all beats in which a good story can easily sink in a sea of jargon. Picture your reader. I find it helpful to imagine a specific reader who is unnerved by science to begin with and would stop reading my story the minute I threw a multisyllabic medical term in her face. Yes, her face. My reader is an elderly woman with curlers in hair, half-dozing over the paper. If I can snare her, the sciencesavvy reader is a snap. Have fun. Science is intriguing, funny, and essential to everyday life.

Laboratory and other detailed studies are needed to make such cause-and-effect links. A case history: A few scientists (and many news reports) have speculated about whether childhood immunizations might be triggering many cases of autism. But most experts believe this is coincidence, not causation. The “link” is only that autism tends to start at the same age that children get a lot of their shots, these experts say. The concern now: Some worried parents may delay having their children immunized against measles and other dangerous diseases because of a false fear about autism.

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