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Reporting & Writing
I'm a journalist specializing in physical sciences and economics, but will follow a good story wherever it leads. In doing so, I have gained experience covering most sciences, as well as in health, policy, education, and business.
In addition, I use my journalism skills—asking good questions, querying data, providing clear writing—in a variety of contexts. I report and write for a variety of clients about scientific research, meetings, data, mathematics, statistics, and technical documents.
My educational background includes a
triple major in philosophy (careful writing), mathematics (careful thinking), and statistics (careful number-crunching).
I have a master's degree in
applied and interdisciplinary mathematics, the language of science.
Writing is the basis of all multimedia work, even if it is a different kind of writing from that of a newspaper, magazine, or book. I enjoy all types of writing and have over a decade of experience in writing for print, audio, video, and online.
I have been a professional editor longer than I have been a science writer, having edited technical presentations, textbooks, reports and websites before winning an AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship to try a summer out as a science journlalist in 2003.
Since then, I have edited fellow reporters while working for NPR member stations, fellow staffers at Science magazine, and in my capacity as web editor for the magazine also edited contributions by the executive publisher, managing editor, and publishing scientists. Since November, 2015, I am the digital managing editor for American Scientist magazine, ultimately responsible for all online content.
Through it all, I have freelanced, and have edited presentations and reports by scientific societies, technical documents for engineering firms, as well as edited television scripts for the Discovery channel.
Multimedia often takes multiple people, too, and I enjoy working with others. As part of a team with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA.org), I am contributing to the ENA's Course in Advanced Trauma Nursing (CATN), having also contributed to the 17 multimedia modules of the Geriatric Emergency Nursing Education (GENE) online course in 2013 (which is also an example of my vocal work).
I also do solo multimedia production, providing voiceovers, websites, full-HD video, broadcast-quality audio, simple animation, and book-trailer videos. Here's a recent (2016) video I did for American Scientist based on a public lecture and interview. I've done quite a variety of videos, including this book-trailer video I produced (2014) for Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs.
Collaborating with another multimedia freelancer for The Open Notebook, we told the story behind the story of a WNYC Radiolab show: Seeking to awe (2012).
I also worked with colleagues at Science on two major multimedia websites for special issues —
Neandertal Genome (2010) and
Plant Genomes (2008) —
and produced stand-alone videos to accompany special issues on:
- cancer (2011),
- the first quantum machine (2010 breakthrough of the year),
- food security (2010),
- Ardipithecus ramidus (2009)
and a second version when the science in the story was named as Science magazine's breakthrough of the year (2009),
- education and technology (2009),
- reprogramming cells (2008 breakthrough of the year),
- clinical trials (2008),
- forests (2008),
- gene regulation (2008),
- cities (2008),
- human genetic variation (2007 breakthrough of the year),
- virtual worlds (2007),
I think of websites as multimedia productions, too, and this website is itself an example of my coding in HTML, XML, and using CSS. My official title at Science was web editor, having been promoted from associate online editor. I'm currently the digital managing editor for American Scientist magazine, so have been either directly responsible for the production or overseeing the writing, editing, and production of all the multimedia materials on American Scientist's website since November, 2015, including social media.
Interviewing & Hosting
I have experience in both taped and live interviewing & hosting, prompting discussion among multiple interviewees and/or guests, and facilitating discussion with live audiences, too.
These opportunities came about because from 2007-2011 I was host, interviewer, and producer of Science magazine's weekly podcast.
By 2010, the show earned an Apple iTunes' "Staff Favorites" designation. When I left Science to follow my spouse for her tenure-track position in North Carolina, the show was regularly in the top-5 of Apple's iTunes rankings for Science & Medicine podcasts, often #3.
In 2015, I started my own podcast, The Conjectural, a show that experiments with different ways to tell science stories and has a large, growing audience.
Rates are negotiable. As guidelines, I use the National Association of Science Writers' Wordsworth database for print work, the Editorial Freelance Association's ranges for editing work, the Voices.com rates for vocal work, the Association of Independents in Radio's rates watch for audio work, and the Schedule of Minimums kept by the Writers Guild of America for video work. Please contact me at:
RobertFrederick (at) NASW (dot) org