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So you want to be a science writer...

  1. 1. So You Want to Be A Science Writer… NASW Mentorship Program Boston, February 15, 2013 Ivan Oransky, MD Executive Editor, Reuters Health Co-Founder, Retraction Watch Treasurer, Association of Health Care Journalists Acting Director, SHERP, New York University Twitter: @ivanoransky
  2. 2. How I Got Started
  3. 3. My First Mistakes
  4. 4. My Path• Summer internship at local Gannett daily• Med school (working at JAMA, writing op-eds)• Psychiatry internship (writing regular columns for American Medical News, the Forward)• Freelancing ~ 1 year• First full-time journalism job: Editor-in-Chief of Praxis Post• Followed by The Scientist, Scientific American, Reuters Health
  5. 5. Who are Today’s Media, Really?• 95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989 Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/currents/hard_numbers_jf2013.php
  6. 6. Who are Today’s Media, Really?• 95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989• 34 in 2005 Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/currents/hard_numbers_jf2013.php
  7. 7. Who are Today’s Media, Really?• 95 weekly science sections in newspapers in 1989• 34 in 2005• 19 in 2012 Columbia Journalism Review: http://www.cjr.org/currents/hard_numbers_jf2013.php
  8. 8. Who are Today’s Media, Really?
  9. 9. Who are Today’s Media, Really?
  10. 10. Trade Publications• Specialized magazines, websites• Typically strong business model• Have given rise to many lay media careers
  11. 11. Should You Find a Niche?• What do you obsess about?• What do you want to be the “go-to” writer for?
  12. 12. Start Your Own Blog http://skepticalscalpel.blogspot.com/
  13. 13. Start Your Own Blog
  14. 14. Getting the Word Out• Use social media, including Twitter• Forge relationships with other writers and editors you admire• Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn – but also curate the best work of others• Distinguish between personal voice and privacy
  15. 15. Resources• Organizations (and training): AHCJ, NASW, SEJ• Science writing/journalism programs: Columbia, CUNY, Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Texas A&M, UC Santa Cruz, UNC-Chapel Hill, others• AAAS Mass Media Fellowship• Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting
  16. 16. Contact Info/Acknowledgements ivan-oransky@erols.com Twitter: @ivanoransky http://retractionwatch.com Thanks: Nancy Lapid, Reuters Health

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