I think we write about things because they are interesting to us. Are you comfortable saying anything about how that may have affected your progression in science journalism?
One of the things you do very well in your work is that you maintain a high standard of journalistic integrity.
I was wondering if you think that the heyday of science blogging is over now and do you feel that newsletters like yours may be the next big thing for sci-comm people, despite being somewhat less interactive than blogs?
For example, if you think that climate change is an overwhelming threat, then distracting from that is detrimental. When I go to journalism conferences and sci-comm meetings, these are still largely white spaces, and that does make a difference in terms of how you feel as a part of that community.
Giant crabs are marching on Antarctica. Where do your thoughts lie with that?
It is something you bear in mind. You were a judge at BAHfest [a science comedy event], and you use humour in your work all the time. Your own blog has now ended, and notably, the SciLogs network has been shut down over the last year.
All of my old posts have been ported over, as have all the comments bar those of the last few weeks. I think what instead is more important is being fair.
Check out his Reddit AMA on parasites and more. Here is that conversation, edited for brevity and clarity. The site has been built over the last week and the transition should be pretty seamless. The new URL is: Thank you very much for your time today. How do journalistic and scientific impartiality differ, and do you get caught in between?
I think obviously, all journalists have their own biases and their own starting points from which they approach the world.
I was wondering, now that both that contest and the Guardian Wellcome Trust are no more, do you have any advice for a beginning science writer to get their writing out there and build a reputation? In your recent keynote address at the University of Waterloo, you talked about the representation that you strive for in your stories, in terms of the gender balance and racial background of your sources.Aug 18, · He writes about science for The Atlantic and writes a science blog hosted by National Geographic called "Not Exactly Rocket Science." Ed Yong, welcome to FRESH AIR.
So as you say, our body is. Probing the Passions of Science: Eric Michael Johnson, a fine writer on things anthropological, interviewed me at length about science writing for his blog.
Ed Yong is a science journalist who reports for The Atlantic, and is based in Washington DC. His work appears several times a week on The Atlantic's website, and has also featured in National Geographic, the New Yorker, Wired, Nature, New Scientist, Scientific American, and many more.
Edmund Soon-Weng Yong (born ), commonly known as Ed Yong, is a British science journalist. His blog Not Exactly Rocket Science is published as part of the National Geographic Phenomena blog network. By Erin Zimmerman, Co-editor, Science in Society. Following his recent keynote address at the Canadian Society of Microbiology conference in Waterloo, Ontario, my Science Borealis colleague, Robert Gooding Townsend and I chatted with Ed Yong, author of the New York Times bestseller, I Contain Multitudes, about getting started in science.
Tips is a series which aims to provide young and early-career science writers with, well, tips to aid them in their budding careers. The series will attempt to .Download