Do you need a science background to write about science?

I wrote my first astronomy story recently. It was one of those stories where the journal/research organisation press release sounds amazing and you think, ‘wow, this story is going to write itself’. Then you look at the actual paper and you can’t even understand what the title means. Reading the abstract makes your brain leak Continue reading Do you need a science background to write about science?

You know you’re a health journalist when …

 … you drop a piece of food on the floor while cooking and think, “that one’s lost to follow-up.” … you dismiss an unlikeable opinion with the line, “well, that’s just a sample size of one.” … anyone asking you whether something is good for them had better get comfortable while you give them a Continue reading You know you’re a health journalist when …