If you want to be a good writer, you need to read, read, read, read and to always be looking as you read for how other people do things and how they accomplished something that you admire.
The more you read, the better you will write. As you read, analyze how the writer handles the topic, focus, information, insight, organization and writing (lean prose, vivid nouns, strong verbs, details, sensory description).
- FREE E-BOOK. DO NOT BUY! Hancock, Elise. Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins, 2003.
If the link above doesn’t work, follow the route below:
a. Go to http://www.library.arizona.edu/
b. In the SUMMON box, type in Ideas into Words.
c. Click the magnifying glass.
d. When a list appears, click the link for Ideas into Words. Voilà!
- Science Times. Bring in articles you like to share with the class. Other good reads: Discover, New Scientist, Science News and Scientific American.
- Audio recorder for interviews
- Reporter’s notebook
- The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual. Any edition, but preferably the most recent.
- Blum, Deborah, Mary Knudson, and Robin Marantz Henig, A Field Guide for Science Writers: The Official Guide of the National Association of Science Writers. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
- Blundell, William. The Art and Craft of Feature Writing. Plume, 1998. Although somewhat dated, this book frames a strategy for approaching research-based reporting.
- Dunwoody, Sharon, Sharon Friedman, and Carol Rogers (Eds.). Scientists and Journalists: Reporting Science as News. Washington, D.C.: American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1986.
- Franklin, Jon. Writing for Story. New York: Penguin, 1986.
- FREE E-BOOK. DO NOT BUY! Friedman, Sharon M., Sharon Dunwoody and Carol L. Rogers (Eds.). Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science. Mahway, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999. Go to http://www.library.arizona.edu/ Click SUMMONS. Type in Communicating Uncertainty: Media Coverage of New and Controversial Science. Click the magnifying glass. Select the eBook version. Voilà!
- Hammack, Bill. Why Engineers Need to Grow a Long Tail. FREE download at http://www.engineerguy.com/book-pdf-long-tail/hammack-long-tail-complete.pdf
- Hayden, Thomas, and Michelle Nijhuis (Eds.). The Science Writers’ Handbook. Boston: SciLance Writing Group, 2013.
- Huffpost Science
- Knight Case Study. “Chemical Fallout: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the BPA Story.” Available online for $5.95.
- Knight Science Journalism Tracker. Created and funded by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT. A broad sampling of the past day’s science news and, where possible, of news releases or other news tips related to the publication of science news in the general circulation news media, mainly in the U.S.
- Rensberger, Boyce. “Books Every Science Writer Should Read.” Nieman Reports, Fall 2002.
- Stepp, Carl Sessions. Writing as Craft and Magic (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
- Strunk, Jr., William, and E.B. White. Elements of Style. Any edition. Here’s the rap video version: http://vimeo.com/33410512 Here’s the back story about how Columbia journalism students produced the rap video.
- Zinsser, William. On Writing Well. 30th anniversary ed. New York: Harper Paperbacks, 2006.
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