Foreword / Carl Sagan -- 1. Introduction / David Perlman -- 2. Covering Science for Newspapers / Boyce Rensberger -- 3. Writing Science for Magazines / Janice Hopkins Tanne -- 4. Writing for Trade and Science Journals. Trade Journals / Julie Ann Miller. Science Journals / Richard Kerr -- 5. Broadcast Science Journalism. Reporting News / David Ropeik. Magazine Style / Ira Flatow -- 6. Writing Books on Science Topics / John Noble Wilford -- 7. Journalist and Scientist Co-authors / Keay Davidson -- 8. Scientists Who Write about Science for the Public / Meredith F. Small -- 9. When Your Office Is in Your Home. Freelance Writing Issues / Jane E. Stevens. Freelance Business Issues / Joel N. Shurkin -- 10. Telling a Good Tale / Mary Knudson -- 11. Investigative Science Journalism / Deborah Blum -- 12. Using Sources / Joel Greenberg -- 13. Coping with Statistics / Victor Cohn -- 14. Writing Articles from Science Journals / Patrick Young -- 15. Voicing Opinion on Science. In a Field Guide for Science Writers, the official guide of the National Association of Science Writers, budding journalists and veteran reporters have a superb roadmap to this exciting area of journalism. Here some three dozen of the best-known science writers in America share their hard-earned knowledge on how they do their job. Boyce Rensberger describes how he covers stories for the Washington Post; two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times reporter John Noble Wilford outlines the pitfalls and rewards of writing full-length books on scientific topics; NPR's Ira Flatow tells how radio pieces combine ambient sounds, music, voices, and facts to create a mental picture and evoke the feeling of "being there"; and Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett, author of the bestselling The Coming Plague, discusses how to cover, and survive, a deadly epidemic. Each article brims with detailed, nuts-and-bolts information.