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Communicating Science. Marie McCullough THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Science Communicators. What kinds of jobs? How to find the jobs? Some experience necessary?. Traditional Newspaper Career Path. Philadelphia Inquirer Rochester Times Union Binghamton (NY) Press

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Communicating Science

Marie McCullough

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


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Science Communicators

  • What kinds of jobs?

  • How to find the jobs?

  • Some experience necessary?


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Traditional Newspaper Career Path

Philadelphia Inquirer

Rochester Times Union

Binghamton (NY) Press

Morris County (NJ) Daily Record


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Specialized

(prominent beats, columnist, editorial-writer, editor)

General

(small town municipal governments)


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Ripped from the Headlines

  • Targeted cancer drug poses heart risk

  • Major stem-cell advance reported

  • Two labs aim to clone human embryos

  • What scares experts about Asia's avian flu

  • Latest case of SARS is actually a sign of progress, some believe

  • National campaign against smallpox falters

  • New hope on gene therapy

  • Cancer vaccines in final test phase


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Science Communicators Wanted!

Technical publications

  • Niche magazines and e-zines (e.g. Medical Economics, Geriatrics, Analytical Chemistry)

  • Training manuals

  • Continuing medical education “CME” products



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Sample Job Ad

Science/Health Writer

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Location: Washington, D.C.

Job Description: CSPI is seeking a science health writer to research and produce articles for our Nutrition Action Healthletter, prepare consumer-oriented documents for our web site, and provide editorial assistance on reports. Good reporting skills and the ability to research and write articles on tight deadlines are essential. Must also be able to re-write material produced by other researchers and make the science come alive. We require a BS/BA, knowledge of diet/health, and at least 3 to 5 years experience in science/health writing.

Hours: 40

Salary: not to exceed $85,000


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Science Communicators Wanted!

Public relations

  • Medical Centers and Universities

  • Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Biotech Companies

  • Advocacy and Public Interest Groups


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Science Communicators Wanted!

Clinical trials

  • Design, execution and reporting of human studies of new drugs/devices


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Looking for the Write Science Jobs

www.writejobs.com/

Job listings and career resources for journalism, media, publishing, technical and medical writing. Includes freelance and web-based jobs.

www.shsinc.com/meded-editorial_jobs.htm

Jobs in phramaceutical advertising, medical communications, healthcare public relations, pharmaceutical industry, and biotech fields

www.prweekus.com/Jobs/section/257

Public relations jobs. Browse by category including healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology


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Looking for the Write Science Jobs

www.cyberdivan.com

Jobs related to clinical trials. Listings include medical writer, project manager, clinical data manager, biostatistician, regulatory affairs specialist

www.astd.org

Jobs for trainers

www.journalismjobs.com/

Journalism jobs, including web-based and internships

www.journalistjobs.net

Mostly traditional print journalism and PR jobs and internships around the world


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Getting Started as a Science Communicator

  • Create a blog

  • Freelance

  • Get an internship

I have writer’s block



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