You can say that you care about accurate, compelling science storytelling, and that you’re concerned about science journalism’s future as a profession. You can talk about the best ways for journalists to get scientists to open up about their work, or about the need in newsrooms to master interactive tools and big data and capitalize on social media. But who’s out there on the Web actually writing about these things, week in and week out?
The Open Notebook, that’s who.
Since 2010, the non-profit website has been providing educational tools and resources to sharpen the professional skills of science journalists at all experience levels. It’s home to detailed interviews with science journalists who dissect their own story-creation process, deep reported features on the challenges of the craft, “day in the life” features where science journalists share their habits and tricks, and even an advice column and a pitch database giving examples of successful feature queries.
It’s a fantastic resource for science journalists, whether they’re veterans or greenhorns. Yet it’s all a labor of love on the part of co-founders Siri Carpenter and Jeanne Erdmann—who act as the …