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Science journalism by a journalist for journalists

Ridgway, Andy


Andy Ridgway
Senior Lecturer in Science Communication


This book is a beginners’ guide to science journalism, explaining the 21st century journalistic process, from generating story ideas to creating multimedia content when the story’s written, taking in research and writing structures along the way. While many of the chapters are introductory, the book also covers topics also likely to be of interest to more experienced writers, such as storytelling techniques and investigative journalism. Readers are introduced to important debates in the field, including the role that science journalism plays; whether it is a form of ‘infotainment’, or whether its primary role is to hold scientists and the science industry to account. Taken as a whole, what the book does particularly well is to
introduce prospective science writers to the judgements they need to make as reflective practitioners.


Ridgway, A. (2018). Science journalism by a journalist for journalists. JCOM: Journal of Science Communication, 17(1), 1-5.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 5, 2018
Publication Date Jan 1, 2018
Journal JCOM: Journal of Science Communication
Print ISSN 1824-2049
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 1
Pages 1-5
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