A Field Guide for Science Writers

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A Field Guide for Science Writers
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Editors'note vii
  • Contents xi
  • Part One - Learning the Craft 1
  • 1 - Finding Story Ideas and Sources 5
  • 2 - Reporting from Science Journals 11
  • 3 - Understanding and Using Statistics 18
  • 4 - Writing Well about Science: Techniques from Teachers of Science Writing 26
  • 5 - Taking Your Story to the Next Level 34
  • 6 - Finding a Voice and a Style 39
  • Part Two - Choosing Your Market 45
  • 7 - Small Newspapers 49
  • 8 - Large Newspapers 55
  • 9 - Popular Magazines 62
  • 10 - Trade and Science Journals 68
  • 11 - Broadcast Science Journalism 73
  • 12 - Freelance Writing 79
  • 13 - Science Books 83
  • 14 - Popular Audiences on the Web 90
  • 15 - Science Audiences on the Web 97
  • 16 - Science Editing 100
  • Part Three - Varying Your Writing Style 107
  • 17 - Deadline Writing 111
  • 18 - Investigative Reporting 118
  • 19 - Gee Whiz Science Writing 126
  • 20 - Explanatory Writing 132
  • 21 - Narrative Writing 138
  • 22 - The Science Essay 145
  • Part Four - Covering Stories in the Life Sciences 151
  • 23 - Medicine 155
  • 24 - Infectious Diseases 162
  • 25 - Nutrition 168
  • 26 - Mental Health 176
  • 27 - The Biology of Behavior 183
  • 28 - Human Genetics 189
  • 29 - Human Cloning and Stem Cells 197
  • Part Five - Covering Stories in the Physical and Environmental Sciences 205
  • 30 - Technology and Engineering 209
  • 31 - Space Science 216
  • 32 - The Environment 222
  • 33 - Nature 229
  • 34 - Earth Sciences 236
  • 35 - Climate 243
  • 36 - Risk Reporting 251
  • Taking a Different Path - Journalists and Public Information Officers 257
  • Part VI - Communicating Science from Institutions 261
  • 37 - Universities 267
  • 38 - Institutional Communications during Crisis 273
  • 39 - Government Agencies 280
  • 40 - Nonprofits 287
  • 41 - Museums 293
  • 42 - Corporate Public Relations 299
  • Epilogue 305
  • Index 311
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