The Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize

This site at The Guardian has links to videos and articles giving lots of advice on good science writing.

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Here we go again

The Science Communication Course, officially a year old now, has just recommenced. Welcome to our new batch of students. We hope you are enjoying your reading material — there are plenty of additional suggestions on Blackboard if you are a fast reader and hungry for more.

As you will see from last year’s entries, the blog here is a place to find interesting Sci Comms snippets that will hopefully inform your thinking about the topic.

The blog is also used as part of the blogging workshop and to show off some of the work that the students did last year — check out the menu bar along the top.

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Why must this dryness be written by us?

I thought this was a nicely satirical article on the ‘scientific’ style of writing. It’s funny but also makes some interesting points. More relevant to scientists writing papers but there are some more general ideas in there that are worth thinking about.

An excerpt:

“Why can’t we write like other people write? Why can’t we tell our science in interesting, dynamic stories? Why must we write dryly? (Or, to rephrase that last sentence in the passive voice, as seems to be the scientific fashion, why must dryness be written by us?)”

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Film by Geoff Marsh: How to see around corners

Those of you did the podcasting workshop will be familiar with Geoff Marsh’s audio and video work for Nature.

Here is the finished film that I think he mentioned to you during the workshop:

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Scientists and Journalists need different things from science

Interesting post from Tim Skellett at Nature’s Soap Box Science blog. Makes the case for the value of good science blogging as a resource for journalists.

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This is a news website article about a scientific finding

This is the article by Martin Robbins that Blake Suttle mentioned in his Outside the Lab session this afternoon. Enjoy.

This is a news website article about a scientific finding | Martin Robbins | Science | guardian.co.uk.

P.S. Took about a minute to post this link (slightly longer to correct the typos).

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Bad Science – live!

You’ve read the book. Now watch the movie:

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