Science and technology news writing and reporting

Science is built on accuracy. Last authors are often senior scientists. Army photo by David Vergun An International Security Assistance Force soldier on patrol in a remote forward location in Afghanistan uses a secure mobile handheld device.

Richard Holmes, Age of Wonder, Akinwalere to take on this specialisation and produce a text on it for both journalism students and scholars. Re-reading and editing your work does not indicate that you are a poor writer.

Read widely Science and technology advance so quickly that you must keep up to date. You might salvage a sentence or two, but email makes for clunky quotes: You have to show that you can be trusted. Although there is a distinction between them, science and technology overlap in so many ways that we will treat them as a single field in this chapter.

Science journalism

Whether you are a specialist or a general reporter, you should remember the following basic facts principles: For example, you might use a picture of a new coffee drying machine. For example, if you write a story about a new wood pulp mill, you obviously need to talk both to the company and to any environmental opponents.

For example, 19, kilometres becomes "almost 20, kilometres". Diagrams should be simple and well-drawn.

Science reporting: Covering the environment, technology and medicine

You will find people in the paper's references, or on Google Scholar. Explain how we got to the situation today.

Secrets of good science writing

News sense Scientists are usually very clever and know a lot about their own subject, but they are not trained like you to recognise a news story. Jette is a special operations recruiter. Galileo would never have proved the world was round by believing what most other scientists of his era were telling him.

In the following chapter we discuss ways of writing bright, interesting stories and conclude with some solutions to common problem areas. Topics will be finalized by the end of week five. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. It probably offends them more than simple errors, which they might forgive.

Make as wide a range of contacts as you can, across all the fields of science and technology. The book goes further to let the reader know the most effective techniques to squeeze news from sources in science and technology and how to write and present such stories and features effectively and arrestingly.

What stood out as most fascinating, alarming, amusing, or important? For example, a scientist may tell you that a new drug will help people to relax, but he may not tell you that it increases their risk of getting cancer. Weekly schedule and exercises week course The assumption of this syllabus is that the course will meet twice a week.

John Allen Paulos, Innmeracy: Objectivity Like many things in life, science can have good and bad effects. Always listen to the scientist's advice, but you cannot always follow it, because your job is different to theirs.

Course design This course will focus on developing toolkits for evaluating science stories in addition to learning about some specific issues or controversies. Final assignment One longer piece of between 3, and 5, words.Although large news organisations often have reporters with some scientific education to specialise in writing about science and technology, in most smaller newspapers, radio and television stations, this task is left to general reporters.

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How to write a science news story based on a research paper

Science and Technology Reporting is the second book on journalism to be written by Mr. Ifedayo Akinwalere who is already. topics in science/technology reporting, analysis of science/technology stories from the popular media, and workshops on class members' writing.

Because much or your learning will depend on Writing Due: a news story based on a journal article of your choice. Instructions: Identify a newsworthy scientific paper in a journal, and. Semester-long course on science reporting, including the environment, technology and medicine.

There will be lessons on social media, online writing, and news and feature writing.

Science journalism

For science writing, remember that the focus is on writing about a technical topic. Writing can be creative but that doesn’t mean it has to be opinionated.

Unless it is an opinion editorial, the writer’s personal viewpoints aren’t relevant to the discussion; only report what the sources have mentioned. Although large news organisations often have reporters with some scientific education to specialise in writing about science and technology, in most smaller newspapers, radio and television stations, this task is left to general reporters.

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