Notes from the trenches on science communication: what works, what doesn’t and what I’m still trying to figure out.
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Reporters and editors need each other, but this mutually beneficial relationship can sometimes be rocky—particularly for freelance reporters who might work with editors at a dozen different news outlets over the course of a year. In the interest of editors and freelancers everywhere, I asked a freelance writer and an editor to talk it out. Below, you’ll find a conversation between freelancer Jessica Morrison and editor Laura Helmuth. Morrison is relatively new to professional […]
I recently wrote a post about the challenges facing women in the science writing community and referred to a ScienceWriters2013 panel called The XX Question. A video of the panel has now been made available, and I am including it here. It is worth watching. The session was organized and moderated by Deborah Blum, and the panel consisted of: Emily Willingham, Florence Williams, Kathleen Raven, Christie Aschwanden and Maryn McKenna.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Eva Amsen, outreach director for the open-access journal F1000Research. Her post discusses F1000Research’s efforts to publish more papers on negative results. For more on negative results, see a series of posts published on Communication Breakdown earlier this year. In 2012 Ben Goldacre gave a compelling talk at the annual TEDMED conference, in which he told several stories about publication bias in medicine. In one particular example, he […]
If you’re at all interested in science communication (“scicomm”), you’ve probably seen references to the “scicomm community.” And if you also spend any time on social media sites, you’ve probably seen the term a lot recently. Some people talk about building a better scicomm community (I’ve done that). Some people talk about its failings. Some people talk about leaving it, or even breaking up with it. But what is it? I guess there are two ways to […]
Editor's Note: This is a guest post by Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist and biogeographer at the University of Maine. She blogs at The Contemplative Mammoth. The science communication community is in the middle of a major shakeup, after a series of incidents in recent weeks that highlight that we are not immune from sexism and misogyny. Flies have been left down. Mistakes were made. Feelings are hurt, and tensions are high. Many people are feeling fatigue, both as activists and... Read more
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