From superbugs to asteroid strikes, many of the most important and exciting stories come from the world of science and the environment. The challenge for journalists and other science communicators is to convey the wonder of new findings in complex fields without compromising accuracy. Your success depends on explaining complex information to a general readers, without falling victim to the hype that surrounds new discovers – which means digging out and making the most of good stories is hard work.
This ebook explains how to spot and write accurate, informative news stories – that your audience wants to read. You’ll learn about the major common sources journalists use to find stories; how science journalism sometimes goes wrong, and how inaccurate stories make it into print. Perhaps most importantly, the ebook also explores how to pitch your work as a freelancer and the range of channels available for science writers.
On 24th November 1859, Charles Darwin published ‘On the Origin of Species’. His master-work laid down the theory of evolution by natural selection. In the century and half since publication, this theory has become firmly entwined with our instinctive view of how the planet’s species came to be. It has also caused huge debates about the nature of its interpretation and its relationship to religious faith.
This Guardian Short gathers together the newspaper’s most significant contributions to the great Darwin conversation. Diverse writers including Richard Dawkins and Ian McEwan, Tim Radford and Richard Harries explore the reception of ‘The Origin’, the sources of the theory, Darwin’s own grapple with his religious conscience and the ongoing issues surrounding modern Darwinism.
Edited and introduced by the Guardian’s, James Randerson, and featuring Darwin’s own lyrical prose, ‘The Origin of Darwinism’ is a unique insight into the world’s most influential scientific theory.
The Guardian’s bike blog is one of the most vibrant and visited sections of the newspaper’s website. Here, the world’s cycling community posts news, views, rants, and raves, as well as top tips on everything from cycling in spectacles to how to confound the bicycle thief. From the sublime (riding by moonlight on a summer solstice) to the ridiculous (a certain celebrity chef finding it amusing to drive cyclists off the road), Cyclebabble is the truest, funniest, and most useful cacophony of voices on cycling there is. Co-edited by James Randerson and Peter Walker, it includes interviews with Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Jon Snow and contributions from Zoe Williams, Matt Seaton, Helen Pidd and David Byrne.