9780195174991

A Field Guide for Science Writers The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/25/2005
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This is the official text for the National Association of Science Writers. In the eight years since the publication of the first edition of A Field Guide for Science Writing, much about the world has changed. Some of the leading issues in today's political marketplace - embryonic stem cellresearch, global warming, health care reform, space exploration, genetic privacy, germ warfare - are informed by scientific ideas. Never has it been more crucial for the lay public to be scientifically literate. That's where science writers come in. And that's why it's time for an update to theField Guide, already a staple of science writing graduate programs across the country. The academic community has recently recognized how important it is for writers to become more sophisticated, knowledgeable, and skeptical about what they write. More than 50 institutions now offer training in science writing. In addition mid-career fellowships for science writers are growing,giving journalists the chance to return to major universities for specialized training. We applaud these developments, and hope to be part of them with this new edition of the Field Guide. In A Field Guide for Science Writers, 2nd Edition, the editors have assembled contributions from a collections of experienced journalists who are every bit as stellar as the group that contributed to the first edition. In the end, what we have are essays written by the very best in the sciencewriting profession. These wonderful writers have written not only about style, but about content, too. These leaders in the profession describe how they work their way through the information glut to find the gems worth writing about. We also have chapters that provide the tools every good sciencewriter needs: how to use statistics, how to weigh the merits of conflicting studies in scientific literature, how to report about risk. And, ultimately, how to write.

Author Biography


Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer Prize winning science writer, former president of the National Association of Science Writers, and Professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of such award-winning books as Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection, Sex on the Brain, and The Monkey Wars. She has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Discover, Psychology Today, Life, Health, The Utne Reader, Mother Jones, and discovery.com.
Mary Knudson is a medical writer at work on a book on heart failure to be published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. She wrote about medicine for the Baltimore Sun for seventeen years and won an NASW Science-in-Society Award. On the Primary Faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts in Writing Program, she teaches science/medical writing and the Literature of Science.
Robin Marantz Henig is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and author of 8 books, including Pandora's Baby (2004) and The Monk in the Garden (2000). She is a winner of the 2004 NASW Science-in-Society Award and three-time recipient of the June Roth Memorial Award for medical writing. Her writing appears in The Best American Science Writing 2005.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
TIMOTHY FERRIS
Part One: Learning the Craft
MARY KNUDSON
1 Finding Story Ideas and Sources
5(6)
PHILIP M. YAM
2 Reporting From Science Journals
11(7)
TOM SIEGFRIED
3 Understanding and Using Statistics
18(8)
LEWIS COPE
4 Writing Well About Science: Techniques From Teachers of Science Writing
26(8)
5 Taking Your Story to the Next Level
34(5)
NANCY SHUTE
6 Finding a Voice and a Style
39(10)
DAVID EVERETT
Part Two: Choosing Your Market
CAREY GOLDBERG
7 Small Newspapers
49(6)
RON SEELY
8 Large Newspapers
55(7)
ROBERT LEE HOTZ
9 Popular Magazines
62(6)
JANICE HOPKINS TANNE
10 Trade and Science Journals
68(5)
COLIN NORMAN
11 Broadcast Science Journalism
73(6)
JOE PALCA
12 Freelance Writing
79(4)
KATHRYN BROWN
13 Science Books
83(7)
CARL ZIMMER
14 Popular Audiences on the Web
90(7)
ALAN BOYLE
15 Science Audiences on the Web
97(3)
TABITHA M. POWLEDGE
16 Science Editing
100(11)
MARIETTE DICHRISTINA
Part Three: Varying Your Writing Style
ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
17 Deadline Writing
111(7)
GARETH COOK
18 Investigative Reporting
118(8)
ANTONIO REGALADO
19 Gee Whiz Science Writing
126(6)
ROBERT KUNZIG
20 Explanatory Writing
132(6)
GEORGE JOHNSON
21 Narrative Writing
138(7)
JAMIE SHREEVE
22 The Science Essay
145(10)
ROBERT KANIGEL
Part Four: Covering Stories in the Life Sciences
DEBORAH BLUM
23 Medicine
155(7)
SHANNON BROWNLEE
24 Infectious Diseases
162(6)
MARILYN CHASE
25 Nutrition
168(8)
SALLY SQUIRES
26 Mental Health
176(7)
PAUL RAEBURN
27 The Biology of Behavior
183(6)
KEVIN SEGOS
28 Human Genetics
189(8)
ANTONIO REGALADO
29 Human Cloning and Stem Cells
197(12)
STEPHEN S. HALL
Part Five: Covering Stories in the Physical and Environmental Sciences
DEBORAH BLUM
30 Technology and Engineering
209(7)
KENNETH CHANG
31 Space Science
216(6)
MICHAEL D. LEMONICK
32 The Environment
222(7)
ANDREW C. REVKIN
33 Nature
229(7)
MCKAY JENKINS
34 Earth Sciences
236(7)
GLENNDA CHUI
35 Climate
243(8)
USHA LEE MCFARLING
36 Risk Reporting
251(16)
CRISTINE RUSSELL
Taking a Different Path: Journalists and Public Information Officers 257(10)
THE EDITORS
Part Six: Communicating Science From Institutions
JOHN D. TOON
37 Universities
267(6)
EARLE HOLLAND
38 Institutional Communications During Crisis
273(7)
JOANN ELLISON RODGERS
39 Government Agencies
280(7)
COLLEEN HENRICHSEN
40 Nonprofits
287(6)
FRANK BLANCHARD
41 Museums
293(6)
MARY MILLER
42 Corporate Public Relations
299(6)
MARION E. GLICK
Epilogue 305(6)
JAMES GLEICK
Index 311

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