Information and Advice
course. Jim Kling, ex-chemist and current science writer,
tells the story of his career transition. My favorite "advice"
link, Kling's piece is packed with practical tips for how to
get started in science writing. (Note: this article is found
at the HMS Beagle
web site, which requires a password to get in. But, registration
is free, and this article is well-worth the extra minute of your
A Field Guide for
Science Writers. The table of contents and a chapter on using
the internet for science reporting are excerpted from the NASW's
So you want
to be a Science Writer. This online copy of the ASBW's brochure
provides useful information on how to get started as a science
writer, formal training, freelancing, and fellowships.
the Elusive Internship: Frustrated in Philly. Entertaining
tale of a beginning science writer's (unsuccessful) quest to
snag a covetted science writing internship. This story is located
at the HMS Beagle
web site, which is free but requires a password to get in.
Does an Electronics Engineer get to be a Science Journalist?
Reporter? Essay about the growing number of Ph.D. scientists
seeking to become science writers and the reasons behind this
trend. (Story is located at the HMS
Beagle web site.)
Can Help Keep The Media's Take On Research Closer To Reality.
Science writer and ex-geneticist Ricki Lewis gives her perspective
on the challenges of communicating science to the public. Article
located at The
Scientist web site; may require free registration to access.
writing offers a model for critical thinking. Essay from
the Society of Environmental Journalists. You must download the
Spring 1996 issue of SEJournal to access this article.
Center. Located at the University of Missouri, the SJC "serves
as national resource for journalists covering science and biomedical
stories." Unfortunately, many of the center's resources
are not yet on-line, but watch in the future for web access to
Sci-Find, their resource library of science stories from leading
newspapers. The SJC also publishes Inquiry, a newsletter for
science journalists, which is also not on-line when I first checked
(8/98) and is still not on-line (9/00).
with Denise Casey, Science Writer and Editor at the Human
Genome Management Information System.