By Pakinam Amer
In the final episode of this six-part series about science communication, three experts describe how they learned to craft stories about research for newspaper, magazine and book readers.
David Kaiser, a physicist and science historian at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of the 2012 book How the Hippies Saved Physics, tells Amer how he first transitioned from academic writing to journalism. “This kind of writing is different from the kinds of communication I had been practising as a graduate student and young faculty member.
“It took other sets of eyes and skilled editors to very patiently and generously work with me, saying ‘These paragraphs are long, the sentences are long, you’ve buried the lede.’ It was quite a process, quite a transition. It took a lot of practice to work on new habits.”
David Berreby runs an annual science writing workshop at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He adds: “One of the hardest things for scientists to do is to tell a story as they would to a friend on campus. If you run into someone in the hall you say ‘Hey, the most surprising thing happened….’ Hear the podcast …