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8th Annual Science Journalism Workshop

NCBS announces its 8th Annual Science Journalism Workshop, which will be held on campus from July 16th - July 28th, 2018.

The workshop’s main objective is to impart the basic skills necessary for communicating science to the layperson via the written word.

Students will learn the elements of good science writing and the art and craft of conducting effective interviews. The workshop will focus on news and features, two forms of writing that can form the foundation for a career in communicating science to the layperson. Popular science writing and journalism isn’t merely about summarising an academic paper. Rather, it strives to entertain and educate, provide multiple points-of-view, and at its best be an independent and necessary part of a thriving culture of scientific enquiry.

The workshop will demand active and committed participation from students. They will have to interview scientists, write news and feature stories, which will be edited in-class by the instructors. A firm grounding in science and/or technology is mandatory as is a facility with language.

This is a full-time workshop from 9 AM to 6 PM, six days a week, excepting Sundays. The workshop is for a maximum of 10 students and students from outside NCBS are also encouraged to apply. Accommodation will be provided on campus for up to 5 out-station students.

Interested participants can email Anil Ananthaswamy at by May 15, 2018. Each applicant should send a CV and write a short essay, of no more than 500 words, describing his or her reasons for wanting to join the workshop. 



About Anil Ananthaswamy: former deputy news editor, New Scientist magazine. Anil has a BTech (IIT-M) and MSEE (UW, Seattle) and trained as a journalist at UC Santa Cruz. He is also freelance feature editor for PNAS Front Matter. Anil’s work has appeared in New Scientist, Discover, Nautilus, National Geographic News, The Independent (UK) and The Wall Street Journal. Anil is the author of The Edge of Physics(Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt, 2010), and The Man Who Wasn’t There (Dutton, Penguin Random House USA, 2015), and the forthcoming Through Two Doors at Once (Dutton, August 2018).