Discover blogger Ed Yong wins prestigious writing award!

By Phil Plait | October 18, 2010 4:50 pm

Ed_YongMy hearty congrats to my fellow Hive Overmind Discover Magazine blogger Ed Yong, who just won one of the 2010 National Academies Communication Awards!

These are very prestigious awards, and well-deserved by Ed’s writing, which is both informative and humorous — I’ll let you take a look at the essays he submitted to make up your mind about that… like, oh, say, this one.

I’m also thrilled to see that science blogging is starting to get its due. A lot of folks dismiss bloggers and blogging, thinking it’s just people describing their dinners. But a lot of writers are legitimate science journalists and scientists themselves — ahem! — and have the chops to cover stories in a deeper and more personal manner. And we can respond more quickly than many of the older media, making science blogs like the ones here at DM the go-to places for people to get their science fix.

So again, my congratulations to Ed!

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Comments (8)

  1. John

    Holy Haleakala! I’ll never look at Donald Duck the same way again!

  2. Thanks Phil – much appreciated. For blogging!

  3. ggremlin

    I knew that was going to happen, but I just had to check.

    Please place warning NSFW.

  4. mfumbesi

    Congrats to Ed Yong.
    The story you linked to made me feel sorry for the drakes.

  5. Ryan The Biologist

    NSFW warning would be greatly appreciated there. Usually you are really on top of it, so I can’t blame you for one fumble :)

  6. Venture Free

    I was going to jokingly quote Kanye about how your blog is the best of all time (I was going to let Ed finish, of course). Then I realized that it would make more sense to put that on Ed’s blog. Then I realized how stupid the whole idea was.

  7. Jeff

    “I’m also thrilled to see that science blogging is starting to get its due. A lot of folks dismiss bloggers and blogging, thinking it’s just people describing their dinners. But a lot of writers are legitimate science journalists and scientists themselves — ahem! — and have the chops to cover stories in a deeper and more personal manner. And we can respond more quickly than many of the older media, making science blogs like the ones here at DM the go-to places for people to get their science fix.”

    well said.

    one aspect of this, is the same old, same old, scientific “heirarchies ” are still alive and well, and they don’t want bloggers cutting into their fiefdoms – tough luck, it’s a new day all you tenured fuddy duddies ( I’m one of them) , out there, so watch out, you don’t own science or other stuff, you just thought you did.

    another aspect is, these blogs are the way to go with science or any other type of news/education. Because the bloggers are skilled scientists and know how to add depth to the commentary, versus hack staff writers with crash courses in science, stale boring text with a few un-integrated photos thrown in for effect.

  8. Jeff

    no comments after mine! I hope I’m not becoming the “downer” of this blog. Sorry, I’m a good professor, but I’m getting old and grouchy and will try to tone it down. Sorry.

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