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

Those of us who have suffered embargos on hot stories will find Kiernan's book of great interest. A senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, he writes that the popular notion of a lone scientist privately toiling long hours in a laboratory, striking upon a great discovery, and announcing to the world is romanticized fiction. Kiernan offers insight into how embargo's impact on public knowledge of science and medical issues. He points out that members of the general public aren't the only readers of newspapers and watchers of TV.

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.