The Science Times: The Book, The Class?

By Carl Zimmer | April 5, 2010 11:04 am

A couple of my articles are included in a new book, The New York Times Reader: Science and Technology. Edited by S. Holly Stocking, it’s an anthology that can stand on its own, or serve as reading for a journalism class. Here’s a description of the book from the publisher’s web site:

Science writing poses specific challenges: Science writers must engage their audiences while also explaining unfamiliar scientific concepts and processes. Further, they must illuminate arcane research methods and statistics and at the same time cope with scientific ignorance and uncertainty. Stocking’s volume not only tackles these challenges, but also includes extraordinary breadth in story selection, from prize-winning narratives, profiles and explanatory pieces to accounts of scientific meetings and new discoveries, Q&A’s, traditional trend and issue stories, reviews, essays and blog posts. These Times exemplars, together with Stocking’s guide to reading stories about science and technology, are perfect for science writers who aspire to diversify and hone their reporting and writing skills in a changing media climate. Holly Stocking is an experienced science writer, award-winning teacher, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

You can order it from CQ Press. Here’s the Amazon page, too.

(Hat tip: Leigh Boerner)

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Teaching, Writing Elsewhere

Comments (1)

  1. Holly Stocking

    Thanks for this post. I don’t get any royalties for this project, but I do very much want to see it get into the hands of science writers, old and young alike, who might benefit. Science educators too, who use articles in their classrooms. And, of course, people like the readers of The Times and Discover. Your post should certainly should help.

    The Reader was a “legacy” project, a chance to share a little of what I learned in teaching science writing at Indiana University for decades. And I got to talk with some interesting Times science writers too! I especially enjoyed your contributions to the volume. So thanks for writing them!

    Holly Stocking

    [CZ: Thanks for making this book happen!]


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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