The Craft of Science Writing: Selections from The Open Notebook


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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.69 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Siri Carpenter is an award-winning science journalist and editor whose writing and editorial work has appeared in the New York Times, Science, Discover, Scientific American, Science News, bioGraphic, and other publications. She is cofounder, executive director, and editor-in-chief of The Open Notebook, a non-profit organization that is widely regarded as the leading source of online training and educational materials for journalists who cover science. She is a past president of the National Association of Science. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


"If I had to strip my go-to shelf of reporting and writing books down to a very few, this one would remain. I am neither a scientist nor a science journalist, but THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING offers valuable tips for any reporter or editor, of any experience level, covering any topic. In an era when facts are under assault, this book is especially welcome." --Jacqui Banaszynski, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and editor, Knight Chair Professor Emerita at the Missouri School of Journalism

"Since 2010, The Open Notebook has served as an indispensable online guide to science writing. With THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING, they've distilled those years of insights into an excellent survey of the field. You'll find the nuts and bolts here how to read a scientific paper, how to craft a lede, and so on. But you'll also get a sense of what it's like to wake up every morning and face the delights and dread that this job brings." --Carl Zimmer, journalist and author of SHE HAS HER MOTHER'S LAUGH

"Listen up, journalism professors, students, and media professionals! You won't find a better guide to the art (and craft) of science writing than this book. The Open Notebook has produced a fascinating, informative, empathetic, and pragmatic tour through an increasingly vital set of skills. Whether you cover politics, education, national security, transportation, or business, the ability to write intelligently about science is now essential. Luckily for us, TON has distilled almost ten years' of expert observation and insight to light the way." --Jennifer Kahn, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Narrative Program Lead, University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

"Accessible, informative, and engaging, THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING can serve as an excellent resource for both classroom instruction and self-study. A welcome contribution!" --Barbara Gastel, MD, professor and Science Journalism Program coordinator, Texas A&M University

"The Open Notebook is an incredibly generous project, a gift to the science writer community. Everyone involved -- the TON creators, the interviewers, the writers who reveal their methods -- is helping teach the rest of us a master class in science writing." --Laura Helmuth, Washington Post health and science editor and past president of the National Association of Science Writers

"Writing is a lonely art. The vast majority of the process, from coming up with ideas to structuring a piece, is carried out in solitude. When you start out, you barely have a clue about what you're doing, let alone what seasoned professionals get up to. Getting those pros to deconstruct their own methods for all to see is a massive boon to aspiring science writers." --Ed Yong, author of I CONTAIN MULTITUDES and science writer at The Atlantic

"By interviewing those who have distinguished themselves in the fields of science reporting, feature writing, blogging, and multimedia, The Open Notebook transcends hackneyed print-vs-digital dichotomies to deliver tips, advice, and food for thought that can be directly put into practice in today's hyper-competitive freelance environment. The site also offers something that's harder to define but just as essential: a sense of collective ethics and joy in our hard work. I love The Open Notebook."--Steve Silberman, journalist and author of NEUROTRIBES