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Writing 360 Workshop | Science Journalism: Turning Research Into Captivating Reads
November 6, 2021 – 10:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT
Science Journalism: Turning Research Into Captivating Reads
Saturday, Nov. 6
online event; only open to Mentees & Mentors in Writing 360
Science news informs us about the latest discoveries in health, the environment, space and tech. Beyond breakthroughs, science writing also educates us on how scientific phenomena can affect all aspects of our lives. This workshop will introduce you to concepts for becoming a creator—not just a consumer—of science journalism.
Join science journalist and writer Carina Storrs as she explains what makes a story science journalism versus science fiction, entertainment or something else. Learn tips for making sense of research and turning data into engaging stories that captivate readers; all while gaining insight about the ever-tricky task of finding outlets to publish science news.
Meet Your Teaching Artist
Carina Storrs writes news stories, feature articles and essays for web and print. She focuses on infectious diseases, medical treatments and equity in science, but pursues just about any health/environment story that features intriguing characters and surprising impacts on society. Carina has worked as a freelancer for about 10 years, and also as a reporter/researcher for CNN Health and Health.com. In addition to reporting projects, Carina pens pieces for research institutes and academic groups, and edits and fact checks for mainstream and technical outlets. She takes every chance she can to travel for work. In 2015, Carina received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to investigate efforts to improve vaccine performance in Bangladesh and India. Carina got a master’s in journalism from NYU’s Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program in 2010. Before writing about science, Carina was parked at the lab bench doing it. She spent about seven years dissecting viruses and has a PhD from Columbia University in microbiology. She lives in NYC with her scientist husband, young daughter (who says she wants to be a scientist) and two cats who are generally very good office mates.
Writing 360 Mentees & Mentors are required to attend one Writing 360 Saturday Workshop per month. Of course, you can always attend two workshops in a month if you’d like!