​Science Writing and Publishing Careers


About Science Writing and Publishing Careers

Interview with Dr. Tina Saey, Science Journalist
An interview with DBBS alumna and Science News Molecular Biology Writer, Tina Saey, Ph.D.; published by the Genetics Society of America

Interview with Leah Potter—Medical Writer
A video interview with Leah Potter, Ph.D., Medical Writer at Synchrogenix; produced by the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and published by NIH BEST.

So You Want to Be a... Medical Writer
An interview with Elizabeth Ohneck, Ph.D., Medical Writer at Health Interactions; published by Scizzle Blog.

So You Want to Be a... Freelance Medical Writer
An interview with Ginny Vachon, Ph.D., who runs her own medical writing company, Principal Med

So You Want to Be in... Scientific Public Relations
An interview with Cherise Bernard, Ph.D., Senior Manager for Elsevier's U.S. Engagement Program; published by Scizzle Blog.

From Bench Science to Public Information Officer
An interview with Dan Stimson, Ph.D., former Science Communications Chief at National Eye Institute (NEI); published by Chronicle Vitae.


Resources for Science Writing and Publishing Careers

DBBS Science Communication Credential (SCC)
The Science Communication Credential (SCC) is a professional development program for Ph.D. students in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences at Washington University. The program launched as a pilot in January, 2019 with support from NIH grant #3T32GM008151-34S1. 

If you are interested in science communication and journalism, this is an avenue for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to write short pieces for the ProSPER membership and broader Washington University community. Topics of interest include science news, policy, implications of scientific findings on the broader public, or issues related to use of science and technology.
This 10-week summer program places science, engineering, and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows use their academic training as they research, write, and report today’s headlines, sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public.
Non-profit organization that provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills.
In 1934, a dozen pioneering science reporters established the National Association of Science Writers at a meeting in New York. They wanted a forum in which to join forces to improve their craft and encourage conditions that promote good science writing. The association was formally incorporated in 1955 with a charter to "foster the dissemination of accurate information regarding science through all media normally devoted to informing the public."

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