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A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

By Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig

The simplest consultant for instructing and studying powerful technological know-how writing, this moment variation of A box consultant for technology Writers improves at the vintage first version with a much wider diversity of themes, a brand new slate of writers, and an up to date exploration of the main stimulating and difficult matters in technological know-how. during this choice of essays, nationally recognized technological know-how writers Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig gather the easiest technology writers operating this present day to provide an explanation for what they do and the way to do it well.

Field consultant combines particular and useful how-to suggestion with considerate discussions of the demanding situations of technological know-how journalism within the twenty first century. It doesn't shrink back from addressing such debatable concerns as cloning, stem phone examine, eugenics, clinical overtreatment, and questions of clinical honesty. supplying a finished review of the sector of technological know-how writing, this publication discusses a huge variety of media and resources, from newspapers to broadcast journalism and from organisations to govt organisations. It additionally offers an in depth research of a few of the most well liked fields in technology writing - starting from psychological healthiness to human genetics - and covers a various array of writing types, from "gee-whiz" to investigative.

With greater than forty five esteemed individuals - those who paintings for such prime information retailers as clinical American, renowned technological know-how, observe, Smithsonian, the hot York occasions, and The Wall highway magazine - this publication is a useful source for present and aspiring technological know-how writers, scholars and teachers in technological know-how writing and journalism, and scientists who're drawn to technological know-how verbal exchange.

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Even if you are not writing a narrative, think of yourself as a storyteller. Use narrative writing for an entire piece or only a portion of a story. Here are the basics: details, anticipation, quotes. Details give such vivid descriptions that you reach out and put the reader smack into the story. Anticipation builds interest in reading on by giving a hint of what is to come. Quotes bring your story to life, are authoritative, raise provocative questions. Quotes are heartbreaking, whimsical, funny.

The poll’s questions must be crafted to eliminate any bias that might nudge those polled to answer in a particular way. Ask, What’s the exact wording of the questions? Who paid for this poll? And polls are only a snapshot of what people say at a particular time. This may change. Understanding and Using Statistics 25 The bottom line for polls and all sorts of scientific studies: Look at the numbers, keeping in mind that bigger tends to be better. Ask yourself if there are any alternate explanations for the poll’s, or study’s, conclusions.

But researchers who have successfully done similar work in the United States, notably in getting college students and young military recruits to moderate their drinking, have been vilified by a treatment community focused on abstinence as the only answer. It was only after I studied America’s long, ambivalent romance with alcohol, and learned that for the past 100 years alcohol abuse has been addressed largely as a moral failing, despite mounting evidence for the genetic factors involved, that I was able to explain to readers why moderate drinking is even today almost never offered as a treatment option.

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