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A field guide for science writers

Author: Deborah Blum; Mary Knudson; Robin Marantz Henig
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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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 cell research, global warming, health care reform, space exploration, genetic privacy, germ warfare - are informed by scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks, manuals, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deborah Blum; Mary Knudson; Robin Marantz Henig
ISBN: 0195174984 9780195174984 0195174992 9780195174991
OCLC Number: 57557690
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 321 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1: Learning the craft / Mary Knudson --
Finding story ideas and sources / Philip M. Yam --
Reporting from science journals / Tom Siegfried --
Understanding and using statistics / Lewis Cope --
Writing well about science: techniques from teachers of science writing --
Taking your story to the next level / Nancy Shute --
Finding a voice and a style / David Everett --
pt. 2: Choosing your market / Carey Goldberg --
Small newspapers / Ron Seely --
Large newspapers / Robert Lee Hotz --
Popular magazines / Janice Hopkins Tanne --
Trade and science journals / Colin Norman --
Broadcast science journalism / Joe Palca --
Freelance writing / Kathryn Brown --
Science books / Carl Zimmer --
Popular audiences on the web / Alan Boyle --
Science audiences on the web / Tabitha Powledge --
Science editing / Mariette DiChristina --
pt. 3: Varying your writing style / Robin Marantz Henig --
Deadline writing / Gareth Cook --
Investigative reporting / Antonio Regalado --
Gee whiz science writing / Robert Kunzig --
Explanatory writing / George Johnson --
Narrative writing / James Shreeve --
The science essay / Robert Kanigel --
pt. 4: Covering stories in the life sciences / Deborah Blum --
Medicine / Shannon Brownlee --
Infectious diseases / Marilyn Chase --
Nutrition / Sally Squires --
Mental health / Paul Raeburn --
The biology of behavior / Kevin Begos --
Human genetics / Antonio Regalado --
pt. 5: Covering stories in the physical and environmental sciences / Deborah Blum --
Technology and engineering / Kenneth Chang --
Space science / Michael D. Lemonick --
The environment / Andrew C. Revkin --
Nature / McKay Jenkins --
Earth sciences / Glennda Chui --
Climate / Usha Lee McFarling --
Risk reporting / Cristine Russell --
Taking a different path: journalists and public information officers / the editors --
pt. 6: Communicating science from institutions / John D. Toon --
Universities / Earle Holland --
Institutional communications during crisis / Joann Ellison Rodgers --
Government agencies / Colleen Henrichsen --
Nonprofits / Frank Blanchard --
Museums / Mary Miller --
Corporate public relations / Marion Glick --
Epilogue / James Gleick.
Responsibility: edited by Deborah Blum, Mary Knudson, Robin Marantz Henig.
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A guide of the National Association of Science Writers. This book includes chapters that cover the techniques of good science writing, explanatory writing, writing under deadline, clone and stem-cell  Read more...

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resource for integrated writing courses in the science curriculum

by deblenares (WorldCat user published 2009-04-10) Very Good Permalink

This book may be interesting to any science faculty teaching integrated writing courses.  The focus is on science journalism, but could be extended more broadly.

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