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Science Journalism: An Introduction gives wide-ranging guidance on producing journalistic content about different areas of scientific research. It provides a step-by-step guide to mastering the practical skills necessary for covering scientific stories and explaining the business behind the industry.
Martin Angler, an experienced science and technology journalist, covers the main stages involved in getting an article written and published; from choosing an idea, structuring your pitch, researching and interviewing, to writing effectively for magazines, newspapers and online. There are chapters dedicated to investigative reporting, handling scientific data and techniques for explaining scientific practice and research findings to a non-specialist audience. Coverage in the chapters is supported by reading lists, review questions and practical exercises. The book also includes extensive interviews with established science journalists, scholars and scientists. These presents tips on building a career in science journalism and what makes a good reporter and discussions around the current issues they may face professionally. The book concludes by laying out the numerous available routes into science journalism; listing relevant writing programs, fellowships, awards and successful online science magazines.
For students of journalism and professional journalists at all levels, this book offers an invaluable overview of contemporary science journalism, with an emphasis on professional journalistic practice and success in the digital age.