Report on scientific breakthroughs in print, the web, or TV.
What does a Science Journalist do?
Science is a general term for all things physical, natural, and medical in our world. There are people who study, research, and strive for a better understanding of scientific issues, and there are people who are interested in learning about it but may or may not work within the scientific community. Science journalists bridge the gap between scientists and readers through their passion for science combined with writing skills.
As a science journalist, you might specialize in one field of science or dabble in them all. Do you have a passion for volcanoes? Earthquakes? Modern medicine? Perhaps you’re interested in how pharmaceutical companies create new products, or prefer to be in the lab with biological engineers while they study agricultural soil samples. Because science is, well, science, it’s an ever-evolving field of study. That leaves ample opportunities for the science journalist!
If you make your living as a freelance writer, then you get to pick the when, where, and how of your articles. But when you work for a newspaper, magazine, television, or online boss, then your topics may be assigned to you. Either way, the job is about reporting the facts in an interesting and informative way. So you consider both sides of the issue, collect data, interview professionals, and translate the technical stuff into layman’s terms for the general population who read your work.