Tag : science journalism

Biology

pardon my asking but how did you end up working on the newsweek science team and then transitioning to vox? (i'm looking to go into science journalism so i'm curious, but if you don't want to answer that's cool!)

Newsemia
Re: This post on the shark article that got tons of click $$$ for Newsweek Hi! In Septemberish of 2017 Newsweek EXPLODED in staff hirings....
Biology

So this is a bit derivative, but I'm genuinely curious. 1. How do you get in contact to write pieces for big places like NatGeo or Newsweek? and 2. How do they compensate for just one article? Thanks!

Newsemia
Hi Anon! First for any readers, if you think I shouldn’t post pay rates, you might be right since employers will dislike me for doing...
Biology

Hi! I'm a journalist as well and, coincidentally enough,I just finished a trainee programme on science/health journalism at a newspaper (here in Brazil, where I'm from). I saw that you have a BA in Journalism as well as the master's. Do you feel like doing the MS made you improve in becoming a science journalist? I have a BA in J as well and sometimes I feel like I lack the deeper kind of knowledge you may get from majoring in bio, chem or physics, for example, bc journalism was rly easy!

Newsemia
I think the MS helped my skills, but the education wasn’t worth the $65k in debt. The education wasn’t really my intention anyway, especially as...
Biology

Another one! Do you ever encounter barriers with scientists' egoes when interviewing them? Here in Brazil we have this culture in academia where scientists attempt at making themselves the least available as possible (appaling as this may sound). How do you handle that? How do you make sure you ask everything you need without sounding too (lacking a better word) ignorant? Do you ever worry about not grasping enough of a subject to interview someone about it?

Newsemia
Personally I’ve actually never had trouble with scientists’ egos, just the fact that they are normal people with lives who won’t be able to get...
Biology

Did you start with non-writing journalism? How did you make the transition between multi media and plain old writing? What's your favorite kind of non-written journalism?

Newsemia
nope, I started with written! I try to expand into multimedia, right now that’s more of a hobby. I’d really like to try to do...
Biology

Mainstream, nonscientific news outlets frequently publish articles about current scientific news that either completely misinterpret the research being discussed or simplify it into inaccuracy. As a science communicator, do you feel it is worth your time (or the time of others) to attempt to correct these mistakes?

Newsemia
Yes. I still feel very strongly that accurate journalism is exceptionally important. I’m a little more sympathetic to outlets that do poor/mediocre science journalism now,...

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