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9-Day Science Blog Challenge, Day 8

Inspiration, Part 2 of 3

Focus on Sources

Today’s lesson and challenge is partly inspired by Isabela Fraga at University of Texas, in her article “Seven tips in science journalism for finding good story ideas”. https://knightcenter.utexas.edu/…/00-14009-seven-tips-scien…

1. COLLECT PEOPLE: Develop and organize a collection of primary sources. One way is to scour a local college/university website for the faculty who work in your niche. Also look for people who share their ideas through seminars, conferences, and workshops.
2. GET OUT: Go to conferences, seminars, and other science-y events. Meet people and learn about their expertise. Find people to interview.
3. BE CRITICAL: Does a recent story make you raise an eyebrow, wonder about some detail left out, or simply use bad/outdated science? Write a better story.
4. BOOKMARKS: Routinely visit these sites to keep up-to-date with news that fits what you’re writing about.
— Rectractions: Check out http://retractionwatch.com for what’s been removed from science publications.
— Embargos: Check out https://embargowatch.wordpress.com for news embargos relating to science.
— The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science
— The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/section/science
— Wired: https://www.wired.com/category/science/
— BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/science
5. SOCIALIZE: Find social groups for science and journalism online and be an active participant.
6. SET UP ALERTS: You can ask Google to email you when specific key phrases newly appear in online content. https://www.google.com/alerts

EXERCISE 8: “Enhance Your Sources”

Pick any one of the ideas above to begin building or enhancing your list of sources today.

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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