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

Paperback | August 12, 2005

EditorDeborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

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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.

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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, s...

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 Wa...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:August 12, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Timothy Ferris: ForewordPart One: Learning the CraftMary Knudson: Introduction1. Philip M. Yan: Finding Story Ideas and Sources2. Tom Siegfried: Reporting From Science Journals3. Lewis Cope: Understanding and Using Statistics4. Writing Well About Science: Techniques From Teachers of Science Writing5. Nancy Shute: Taking Your Story to the Next Level6. David Everett: Finding a Voice and a StylePart Two: Choosing Your MarketCarey Goldberg: Introduction7. Ron Steely: Small Newspapers8. Robert Lee Hotz: Large Newspapers9. Janice Hopkins Tanne: Popular Magazines10. Colin Norman: Trade and Science Journals11. Joe Palca: Broadcast Science Journalism12. Kathryn Brown: Freelance Writing13. Carl Zimmer: Science Books14. Alan Boyle: Popular Audiences on the Web15. Tabitha Powledge: Science Audiences on the Web16. Mariette DiChristina: Science EditingPart Three: Varying Your Writing StyleRobin Marantz Henig: Introduction17. Gareth Cook: Deadline Writing18. Antonio Regalado: Investigative Reporting19. Robert Kunzig: Gee Whiz Science Writing20. George Johnson: Explanatory Writing21. James Shreeve: Narrative Writing22. Robert Kanigel: The Science EssayPart Four: Covering Stories in the Life SciencesDeborah Blum: Introduciton23. Shannon Brownlee: Medicine24. Marilyn Chase: Infectious Diseases25. Sally Squires: Nutrition26. Paul Raeburn: Mental Health27. Kevin Begos: The Biology of Behavior28. Antonio Regalado: Human Genetics29. Stephen S. Hall: Cloning and Stem Cell ResearchPart Five: Covering Stories in the Physical and Environmental SciencesDeborah Blum: Introduction30. Kenneth Chang: Technology and Engineering31. Michael D. Lemonick: Space Science32. Andrew C. Revkin: The Environment33. McKay Jenkins: Nature34. Glennda Chui: Earth Sciences35. Usha Lee McFarling: Climate36. Cristine Russell: Risk ReportingPart Six: Communicating Science From InstitutionsThe Editors: Taking a Different Path--Journalists and Public Information Officers: Similarities and DifferencesJohn D. Toon: Introduction37. Earle Holland: Universities38. Joann Ellison Rodgers: Institutional Communications During Crisis39. Colleen Henrichsen: Government Agencies40. Frank Blanchard: Nonprofits41. Mary Miller: Museums42. Marion Glick: Corporate Public RelationsJames Gleick: Epilogue