Books, Etc.

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.

—Natalie Angier


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).

  1. 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
    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!
  2. Science Times. Bring in articles you like to share with the class. Other good reads: Discover, New Scientist, Science News and Scientific American.
  3. Audio recorder for interviews
  4. 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 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
  • 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: 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.
  • Your Google+ Guide: 15 Tips for Newbies


  • Astronomy & Steward Observatory calendar (right side of home page)
    Astronomy & Steward Observatory outreach
  • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology seminars
  • Hydrology and Water Resources events
  • Natural Resources & the Environment calendar

Selected Science News Periodicals and Resource Lists

Discover Magazine

Nature News

New Scientist

Physics Today
Physics World

Popular Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Science Daily

Science News

Scientific American

New York Times

Popular Science

Yahoo News
Yahoo News
Science Photos

CNN Science News and Videos

National Geographic
Space and Tech News

E! Science News
Spotlight News Stories

National Institute of Mental Health
Science News
Latest News and Update

Latest Science News
The Telegraph

NASA Science
Science News

News Daily
Science News

Red Orbit
Science New

Science News

ABC Science

Science Daily



Science News EU

Selected Directories of Science News and Trade Periodicals


Franklin Institute
Weekly Science News Hotlist

Franklin Institute

Science News Sources

E! Science News Sources

SciNet Search Engine

Science News and Media
Best of the Web

Science Resource World
Science  Engineering  Technology

Science News
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Science News


Electronic Discussion Groups


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