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S3E10: Science Meets Storytelling with Special Guest Shannon Palus

If you've ever been curious about the newsroom and how to write nonfiction stories that sell, you won't want to miss our conversation with Senior Editor Shannon Palus at Slate, a progressive online magazine that covers current affairs, politics, and culture. Shannon covers health, wellness, science and more for Slate, and her work has appeared appeared many other places including Popular Science, Scientific American, the Atlantic, and Wirecutter.

We talked with Shannon about her career path from physics major to freelance journalist and beyond, getting some insights into different ways to break in to science journalism and other news sections. She shared excellent resources for the craft of science reporting and calls for freelance writers.

We also picked her brain about what makes a writer good or bad to work with, what makes a winning pitch, and what editors expect from writers and news writing. Tune in for the scoop - you heard it here first!


Aspiring news writers won't want to miss:

  • Ways to break into news writing

  • Where to look for work

  • Where to find science ideas and how to pitch them

  • How to write accessible nonfiction stories about science


  • Check out Slate, a daily magazine on the web and podcast network. Founded in 1996, Slate offers analysis and commentary about politics, news, business, technology, and culture.

  • Keep up with Shannon Palus on Twitter (please, no PR pitches)

  • Report to Study Hall, a media newsletter & online support network for media workers

  • Hone your science writing skills with The Open Notebook,


Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear about later this season. Until then...

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