Tag Archives: journalism

Life in the Gig Economy

A few weeks ago I took part in a conversation with some other smart science writers about the “gig economy”–a new world in which nobody has jobs and everybody makes a living by stringing together gigs. It’s a tough way … Continue reading

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Life After Science Writing

Ever wondered if there could be life after science writing? This week for The Open Notebook, I got in touch with people who used to be science writers or non-science journalists to find out what they’re doing with their skills. … Continue reading

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Science Writers in Gowns?

Last night I decided to watch the Golden Globes, because I feel like watching awards shows is one of those Things People Do. But, oh, my gosh, it was so boring. Not even Tina Fey and Amy Poehler could rescue … Continue reading

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Book Coming Soon!

Things are heating up for The Science Writers’ Handbook: Everything You Need to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age. I contributed two sidebars to this book, and I think it’s excellent–full of good, solid, practical advice about how … Continue reading

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Snakehead Tournament

Back in 2004, I had a great time poking around the Potomac River and its tributaries in search of snakeheads. I was reporting my first story for Smithsonian magazine, about the fish, which was at that time a new arrival … Continue reading

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To Quote or Not to Quote

The Open Notebook is a lovely website created by two of my fellow science writers to help all of us get better at our jobs. The website has several regular features, including one where they interview a writer about how … Continue reading

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science, journalism, and knitting on ice

This afternoon at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, I’m giving a talk with the clever title “Science, Journalism and Knitting on Ice: My Six-week Adventure in the Bering Sea.” I’ll be talking about my 2009 Bering Sea trip. I really … Continue reading

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bird by bird by bird by bird

A beloved book has reentered my life. It’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. This was required reading in my science writing class at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and contains many useful pieces of advice, … Continue reading

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scientists are also people

Another nice blog post by Sarah Zielinski at Smithsonian about my work – in this case, about my wacky idea that scientists are also people. I know! It’s a crazy idea, but I think it might be true!

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how I get good quotes

A month ago, Dave Grimm, my editor at ScienceNOW, e-mailed me about quotes: “as you know, i hate to flatter you.  but you do tend to get awesome quotes for your stories.  also as you know, i’m teaching a science writing class at hopkins … Continue reading

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