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brainfacts.orgEditorLisa ChiuManaging editorLChiu@sfn.orgBrainFacts.org seeks to tell the emerging story of neuroscience. We are looking for writers, podcasters, and animators who can create a compelling narrative around our ever expanding knowledge of the brain and nervous system. Keeping in mind that every human is walking around with their very own brain, BrainFacts.org aims to provide context to the news for its lay audience. We are looking for pitches for short (400 to 600 word) stories as well as longer features (1000-1200 words) covering the brain in both health and disease. Previous podcasts and animations have covered everything from “Patient H.M” to the benefits of meditation.
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Chemical & Engineering NewsEditorJyllian KemsleyExecutive editor, policyJ_Kemsley@acs.orgJyllian is looking for freelancers to write news and features about government actions relating to molecules and that affect people—scientists, plant workers, consumers, or communities—or the environment. Jyllian would particularly like to bring in more stories from outside the U.S.. Freelance policy stories this year have included the Sanchi oil tanker spill, antibiotic resistance, water contamination from wildfires, radioactive waste, possible consequences of NAFTA renegotiation, scientific integrity, and research funding.
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EditorJessica Marshall
Associate editor, journal news and community
J_Marshall@acs.orgJessica is looking for freelancers to write features, Q&As, and news stories about the molecular world. This covers areas such as biological chemistry, materials science, nanotechnology, environmental chemistry, forensic science, art conservation, and medical diagnostics. Examples of recent Q&As include interviews with a snake venom expert, a battery entrepreneur, and the head of a water filtration startup. Recent features have focused on chemicals involved in insect decision making, materials for building on Mars, and data mining to find new drugs.
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DiscoverEditorBill AndrewsSenior associate editor
bandrews@discovermagazine.com
We’re always looking for freelancers to write shorter stories for our print magazine and the web, plus columns and features for print as well. Topics can range from anything in, or even adjacent to, the sciences, as long as there’s a fun or important story to tell.
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EOSEditorMohi KumarInterim senior news editorMKumar@agu.orgWe’re looking for freelancers to write news stories about research, trends, and the processes involved with Earth, planetary, and solar sciences. This could evolve into a weekly clip for the writers that prove to be good fits. / We’re also looking for solid pitches for feature articles that would be appropriate to be written by freelancers. And for fun: We’re looking for quirky stories for our GeoFizz column, a section that explores the lighter side of Earth, planetary, and solar sciences.
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George Washington UniversityPIOLisa Van Pay
Director of research communications
lvanpay@gwu.eduWe're interested in working with freelancers on both front-of-the-book news stories and in-depth, multi-source narratives, which can range from 2,000-4,000 words. The full gamut of research at the university (and among alumni) is on the table; recent stories covered an effort to definitively measure the size of a proton, the discovery of draft Islamic texts from the 15th century, and a profile of an ex-submarine commander who now flies drones off the back of a Navy research ship. The alumni magazine (magazine.gwu.edu) publishes three times per year and has a print circulation of 260,000. We also publish an annual research magazine (researchmagazine.gwu.edu).
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EditorDanny FreedmanManaging editor, GW Magazine & GW Researchdannyf@gwu.edu
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Howard Hughes Medical InstitutePIOMeghan RosenManager of media relationsrosenm2@hhmi.orgWe’re looking for freelancers to write lively ~600-word news releases about papers from HHMI investigators. We want ledes that hook readers, stories that look beautiful, and writing that makes clear why the science is important. The subject can range from brain mapping in Drosophila to the role of protein droplets in immune signaling. Got an idea for a video, infographic, or some other web element to accompany your story? Let us know!
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Howard UniversityPIOAlonda ThomasDirector of public relationsalonda.thomas@Howard.eduI’m interested in meeting writers that not only cover science but may be interested in developing feature stories for our alumni magazine. I’d also like to develop relationships to provide resources to writers as needed.
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Johns Hopkins MedicinePIOAudrey HuangDirector, media relationsaudrey@jhmi.eduThe media relations team at Johns Hopkins Medicine seeks freelancers who can tell beautiful and short (600-700 word) news stories about upcoming research manuscripts.
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KnowableEditorRosie MestelDeputy editorrosiemestel@gmail.comWe're seeking freelance writers to tackle an array of article types — features, shorts, explainers, Q & As, storyboards for comics (working with an artist). We cover basic physical and biological sciences, plus medicine, psychology and social sciences. We seek people who write with style, report deeply and are adept at finding fresh and compelling angles for their stories. It's best to talk with us before pitching so that we can fully explain our approach. We offer competitive rates.
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LifehackerEditorBeth SkwareckiEditor, health
Elizabeth.skwarecki@lifehacker.com
I'm mainly looking for pitches for evergreens. Any health topic is fair game if it's based around practical take-away messages. Some types of articles that do well for us are how-to's, explainers, and assessments of whether a health/fitness trend is worthwhile or not.
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Nature MedicineEditorShraddha ChakradharAssociate news editors.chakradhar@us.nature.comNature Medicine relies on freelancers to fill its news pages. We would take pitches for trend-style features that delve into the biomedical research enterprise. We cover anything from bench science to clinical trials and drug development to research that's based on what happens in doctors' offices. Our audience is mainly academic researchers, so a strong research element is key. Please note that we do not publish single-study stories, and our features tend to be narrative in style, so when pitching stories, please try and think of narrative elements you'd include (characters, scenes, etc). Our features tend to are between 1,200-2,000 words in length, and we publish on a monthly basis.
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NPREditorScott HensleyEditor, Shots health blogSHensley@npr.orgWe are looking to start relationships with experienced freelance science writers. We’re looking for shorter newsy pieces as well as in-depth features.
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EditorCarmel WrothEditor, Shots health blogCWroth@npr.org
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Physics.aps.org (American Physical Society)EditorDavid EhrensteinFocus editorehrenste@aps.orgWe’re looking for freelance writers for several types of articles. We cover
physics papers with short (250-word) summaries or with 700-word news articles. We also have physics-related arts stories and Q&As with physicists. Finally, for our news features section, we are open to pitches for any story on current physics research that will have broad appeal in the physics community and among those who follow physics research. Our stories often dig into the science quite a bit, but we still appreciate solid journalism and engaging writing.
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EditorJessica ThomasEditorjthomas@aps.org
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PNAS Front Matter magazineEditorGene RussoEditor, Front MatterERusso@nas.eduWe seek to tell the stories of science via four journalistic elements—News Features, Inner Workings, Core Concepts, and Science & Culture. We’re looking for substantive pieces—ranging from 1200-2500 words—for all these elements. Seeking enterprising writers with demonstrated experience and insightful ideas.
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SciShowEditorChristie WilcoxEditorchristie@scishow.comWe're looking for freelance science writers with a scientific/academic background that are passionate about communicating science to the public in a witty, engaging, and meticulously accurate way to write scripts for SciShow. Our videos cover everything from what dinosaurs tasted like to the light spectrum of antimatter, so we're always looking for the weirdest, most fascinating science stories out there to share with viewers who are as passionate about science as we are.
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Smithsonian.comEditorBrian WollyEditor, Smithsonian.comwollyb@si.eduWe are always on the lookout for writers who can deliver a “wow” moment to our readers. Whether that’s through a new discovery or by explaining the world around us in an engaging manner, we really have few restrictions on the kinds of stories we publish. A bonus for us is when a story can cross “verticals” and excite the art lover or history buff or world traveler.
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EditorJay BennettAssociate editor, science
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SpectrumEditorKristin OzelliFeatures editorkristin@spectrumnews.orgI am looking for freelancers to write feature articles, between 2,500 and 4,000 words in length, about trends in autism research. Scientists are our primary audience, but these stories are often republished by our syndication partners and need to be written in language that is accessible to everyone. Happy to receive pitches or make assignments to experienced feature writers.
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The Open NotebookEditorSiri CarpenterEditor-in-chiefsiricarpenter@gmail.comTON publishes only once a week so the number of opportunities is limited, but we seek pitches for feature articles and story-behind-the-story interviews (more details are in our submissions guidelines:
https://www.theopennotebook.com/submissions-guidelines/)
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University of Maryland College Park
PIOAbby RobinsonDirector of communications; College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciencesabbyr@umd.eduI’m looking for freelancers to write interesting profiles and features for our alumni magazine called Odyssey (go.umd.edu/odyssey).
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