Wilcox, Brookshire, Goldman, eds.: Science Blogging

Cover: Science Blogging

Cover: Science Blogging

SCIENCE BLOGGING: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE
Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire, Jason G. Goldman, eds.
NASW member contributors:
Carl Zimmer, Matt Shipman, Liz Neeley, Brian Switek,
Danielle N. Lee, Joe Hanson, Ben Lillie, Emily Willingham,
Alberto Roca, Paige Brown
Yale University Press, March 1, 2016, $17.69
ISBN: 9780300197556

Wilcox, Brookshire, and Goldman report:

Science blogging is one of the best tools available for sharing and discussing science, in part because it is so versatile, and can be used by people with all kinds of career backgrounds with very diverse goals. Yet many are hesitant to take advantage of what blogs have to offer, because they don’t know where to start, or feel frustrated with their current efforts to blog.

This book is the guide we wish we’d had when we started. It contains tips, insights and thought-provoking discussions from over two dozen of the best science bloggers around — an eclectic group. Our chapter authors are writers, journalists, teachers, scientists, students, press officers — basically, everyone you can think of that might have an interest in science.

Brookshire, Goldman, Wilcox

Bethany Brookshire, Jason G. Goldman, and Christie Wilcox. Photo by Lindsay Patterson

Our hope is that this book helps science communicators of all flavors, whether they be journalists, scientists, or simply enthusiasts, navigate the sometimes-murky waters of the blogosphere.

Science blogging, and the Internet in general, moves so fast! Luckily, we have a website that will help keep things up to date, and maybe there will be future editions of the book that will make sure readers can stay abreast of our ever-changing world.

We’d like to note that this book would not have been possible without the generous funding we got from an NASW Idea grant and from the Sloan Foundation. They allowed us to pay our authors for their work, something that we all believe in. We are also very grateful to another NASW-funded site, The Open Notebook. It partnered with us to host our online home, and we’re delighted to be able to combine forces to create a resource for science writers that combines expertise in digital and print.

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