About science journalism

The Open Notebook is a fantastic resource for science journalists at all levels. It includes interviews with science journalists about their stories, features about the craft and practice of science journalism, profiles, and – most useful for freelance science journalists – a database of successful pitches made to a huge range publications including The Atlantic, Nature, New Scientist etc.

The Guardian has a series of articles on science writing, covering topics such as pitching to editors, reporting from a scientific conference, how to write a science feature, and how to interview scientists.

The World Federation of Science Journalists is the federation of 55 science journalism organisations and associations around the world. It also co-hosts the biennial World Conference of Science Journalists, which was held in San Francisco in 2017 and will be in Lausanne in 2019. The WFSJ also offers a number of free, online resources for science journalists, including toolkits on subjects such as infectious disease, dementia and nuclear safety, an online course in science journalism, and other tools for journalists.

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is a US-based organisation dedicated to “improving the quantity and quality of science news reaching the public”. They have some very useful resources on their site, including a page of advice for aspiring science writers and a guide to careers in science writing.

This website for the biennial conference organised by the Association of British Science Writers is a treasure-trove of audio recordings and written reports from many of the past conference sessions.

These symposiums – a joint initiative of the World Federation of Science Journalists and The Kavli Foundation – have been run in the US since 2014. Detailed reports from each year’s symposium are available online here, and information on the 4th Kavli Symposium in February 2018 is here.

This guide was put together by the Association of British Science Writers, and covers what science writing is, what science writers do, where they work, the skills involved in science writing, and some advice on how and where to start.

While this article from Inspiring Australia is aimed at scientists and science communicators trying to get stories into the media, it’s relevant for freelance science journalists pitching to editors. The advice comes from two experienced science journalists/editors – Marcus Strom and Peter Munro, both formerly of the Fairfax newspaper stable.