How do you communicate effectively and in an interesting enough manner that others want to read and hear what you have to say?
Here are a few helpful links to get you started writing as a science communicator, blogger, science advocate, and science outreach enthusiast.
- 12 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public by Katie L. Burke
- How to Write Short by Hanna Bloch
- Secrets of Good Science Writing Series, includes how to pitch, avoid common mistakes, write about research, and science blog.
- The Open Notebook provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills. Here's their "Getting Started" guide, with tips from education to fact checking.
Several “schools of thought” on writing the beginning of the story. Sometimes you’ll find a better answer as you write your piece.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/subject_specific_writing/journalism_and_journalistic_writing/writing_leads.html
- NPR Training http://training.npr.org/digital/leads-are-hard-heres-how-to-write-a-good-one/
- NYT Campus Weblines https://archive.nytimes.com/www.nytimes.com/learning/general/weblines/411.html
- Columbia University News Reporting and Writing http://www.columbia.edu/itc/journalism/isaacs/client_edit/Mencher.html
6 Tips for Catching Your Writing Mistakes by Amy Morgan
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The above sites don’t set the standard for what to submit to the blog (firstname.lastname@example.org); these are shared as a resource to help you with any science outreach project you’re working on. If you’re an SPSP member and want to pitch an op-ed, share a news story, or have another idea for broadcasting your work reach out to us at email@example.com.
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