Nieman Reports

Fall 2002

Science Journalism

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Those who report on science have never been better prepared to do so, according to Los Angeles Times science and technology writer Robert Lee Hotz, whose insights open our section on science journalism. But as Hotz also observes, the challenges these reporters confront have never been larger: Newsroom cutbacks mean the reporters “are stretched to cover increasingly complex science stories ….” And their task is made harder by the dearth of impartial sources, forcing them “to look as hard at the scientists as we look at the science itself.” – Melissa Ludtke, Editor

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Science Journalism

Books Every Science Writer Should Read

Science Journalism September 15, 2002

This list of recommended books has been assembled by Boyce Rensberger, director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It represents only a start on background reading and is not meant as an exhaustive compilation. Read more


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A three-centimeter drop of oil in which iron particles are suspended. Ferrofluid © Felice Frankel, from “Envisioning Science: The Design and Craft of the Science Image” (The MIT Press, 2002).

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