Learn methods for finding good stories and research sources.

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Experience an overview of science journalism in different formats, including news briefs, blog entries, radio stories, and long-form features. You’ll learn methods for finding good stories, using primary sources for research, and incorporating field reporting and interesting personalities to bring stories to life.

Explore topics like what makes science writing good? Who do we seek to emulate? What narrative strategies do writers employ? What elements do good stories have in common? Where do good story ideas come from? All the while, avoiding both the tyranny of narrative and the deadly issues story.

Lunch each day is included. Lodging is available on campus $75/night, private room & bath.

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Instructor: Murray Carpenter

Murray Carpenter has reported environmental and science stories for more than 20 years, as a staffer for the Republican Journal, Maine Times, and Maine Public Radio, and as a freelancer for The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post Magazine and others. He is the author of Caffeinated; How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us.