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The Journalism Salute

81 EpisodesProduced by Mark SimonWebsite

The Journalism Salute is a journalism appreciation podcast. We interview journalists about who they are and what they do.The goal is to show that journalism is a great profession, that journalists are not the enemy, and that there are many great careers an aspiring journalist can pursue.Our goal is … read more


Siri Carpenter on The Open Notebook and Creating A Science Writers Community

On this episode, Mark Simon is joined by Dr. Siri Carpenter, the co-founder of The Open Notebook, a science journalism organization that helps writers with every aspect of their work - from pitching articles to understanding terminology and data and much more.

Siri talked about how her career as a science writer, and what led her and Jeanne Erdman to start their website, and the resources her site provides. She shared the traits that make a good science writer, discussed the challenges of being a science writer, the idea of writing for Dr. Fauci's aunt, and using narrative to articulate scientific information.

She also explained what The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest is (you have to see it to appreciate it!), offered advice to others interested in creating a journalism community, and picked multiple organizations that she wanted to salute.

Important Links

The Open Notebook website

Siri Carpenter's Twitter and website

Brian Vastag Profiles a Dinosaur

Their book - The Craft of Science Writing

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