The essentials of freelance journalism
- Film, Media & Entertainment
- The Guardian, N1 9GU London
Science writing is the ultimate non-fiction: a daily update on discoveries so advanced that often new words must be minted to describe them. Science writers get the chance to tell stories that have never been told before but the price they pay for this privilege is that they must do so almost entirely in words which have been around for centuries.
In this practical Masterclass – led by renowned and award-winning journalist and writer Tim Radford – you'll learn the essentials of communicating complex science concepts through your writing. It's for anyone who is interested in becoming a science journalist, or who needs to write about their subject for non-expert audiences.
You'll experience the excitement of reporting on Egyptology, epigenetics, extremophiles, high energy physics, extrasolar planets and environmental alarms and the humbling challenge of distilling years of research into a few sentences to be read by millions.
The course will cover:
- common mistakes and pitfalls
- writing for the layperson
- terminology, jargon and clichés
- style and tone
You'll leave with a toolkit of practical methods and useful tricks for ensuring your writing communicates the wonder of science effectively.
Date: Thursday 4th October
Location: Scott Room
Tim Radford is a freelance journalist. He worked for The Guardian for 32 years as editor, arts editor, literary editor and science editor. He won the Association of British Science Writers award for science writer of the year four times, and a lifetime achievement award in 2005. He served on the UK committee for the UN International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. He served on the council of Copus, the Royal Society's committee for the public understanding of science. He also served on the external relations committee of the Geological Society of London. He is an honorary fellow of the British Science Association and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has lectured, or taken part in debates about, science and the media in Madrid, Santiago, Barcelona, Brussels, Bern, Geneva, Berlin, Bonn, The Hague, Monaco, Stockholm, Oslo, Ljubljana, Dubrovnik, Auckland, Wellington, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Fort Lauderdale and Sana’a in Yemen, as well as many British cities. He has also written for Nature, The Lancet, New Scientist, the London Review of Books, Geographical and many other journals. He has written two books – The Crisis of Life on Earth (1990) and The Address Book: our place in the scheme of things (2011) – and edited two books of science writing for the Guardian. He is married with two children, one grandchild and one great grandchild.
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