This will be my final post here at PLOS Blogs. It’s been a great couple of years, but sadly PLOS has decided to change the licensing rules that govern its blogs, and the new arrangement
As a freelance journalist, I often choose the subjects I write about. Sometimes, though, editors come to me with ideas. Which means I occasionally end up writing bizarre stories on topics I never would have
Tom Yulsman runs the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado, which last year caused a stir by discontinuing its School of Journalism and Mass Communication and turning it, at least temporarily, into
I’ve turned in a feature, scheduled lunches with editors, emailed to say I still exist. I’ve panicked, at 4 am, about whether I can line up enough work to pay the bills. I’ve fretted over
I know, you’re all sick of hearing about how The Huffington Post got rich by stiffing its writers, and how now that Arianna scored the big deal she’s still asking journalists to write for free.
There’s something about being “in the field” that’s exhilarating beyond any other experience. It’s why many scientists do what they do. For certain types of science, it’s where the data collection happens, and what makes
UPDATE: Here’s an example of first-rate reporting from AAAS, in which Time’s Bryan Walsh places research in the larger context and shows the disconnect between scientific facts and politicized decisionmaking. Read his story “Environmentalists Warn