Journalism

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Richard Hayes and Daniel Grossman

This book may help us as much as it helps the scientists. Hayes is the media director of the Union of Concerned Scientists and Grossman is a science journalist, radio, and Web producer. They advise, for example, "Preparing for a Press Conference. In advance of the event, create your compass of main messages and talking points. If more than one person will be speaking, each person should choose one or two of the messages as their main focus of discussion.

Vincent Kiernan

This book critically examines the journal-embargo system that scientific publishers and the mass media both use to shape the flow of news about science and medicine to the public. The book traces the history of embargoes and examines, in detail, how they function. The author argues that embargoes run contrary to the public interest, because they promote coverage of incremental advances and discourage critical, in-depth coverage of scientific institutions.

Fred Yager and Jan Yager

An extensive guide to 86 careers in the publishing industry including newspapers, magazines, and books covering editorial, writer, marketing, art, production, management, and related jobs. Each profile includes an overview of that position as well as salary range, employment and advancement prospects, educational and training, experience, special skills and personality traits, a career ladder, and tips for entry.

Natalie Angier

This is the third-annual volume of The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and contains articles by several NASW members. These include, "Ripe for Controversy," by Robert Kunzig, European editor of Discover; Steve Mirsky, science writer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, contributed "Dumb, Dumb, Duh, Dumb" from Scientific American; Dennis Overbye is represented by "How Islam Won, and Lost, the Lead in Science," from The New York Times; and Karen White, a New Hampshire freelancer contributed "Very Dark Energy" from Discover.

Barbara Gastel, M.D.

An associate professor of journalism at Texas A&M University, Barbara Gastel offers this guide for current and prospective health writers. She suggests ways of gathering and evaluating information and explains the mechanics of crafting a piece. She addresses questions about technique, genres, sensitivity and style as well as presents information on risk and ethical issues.

John Troan

Troan, a veteran of a 44-year career with the Pittsburgh Press and other Scripps-Howard newspapers, has written his autobiography. The son of an immigrant coal miner and an illiterate mother, he describes his Depression-era childhood and his struggle to get through Penn State.