After the end of my KSJ Fellowship at MIT, but before the resumption of my job at The Chronicle of Higher Education, I found myself in a position to do some professional writing for the first time in a while. I’ve missed writing, so I was happy to get back to it. But, I was also a bit nervous; For the most part, it had been a few years since I last wrote something for publication. I didn’t want to embarrass myself to peers, editors or readers.
On the other hand, I was excited to put those muscles back into action, to learn about the topics I’d be writing about, and to try out some new reporting and writing tools.
Continue reading “Tools for Reporting and Writing”
At the end of an earth science lecture last year, an undergraduate student leaned over and started asking me about my fellowship. She was curious how it was a middle-aged guy came to be in her science class. The more I told her, the more questions she had.
So you can take any classes you want?
Pretty much, I answered. So long as the professor approves. Of course, some courses aren’t appropriate — like labs where there is limited space.
And you don’t have to do any of the work?
I couldn’t tell if her question harbored jealousy or concern. Either way, that’s mostly right, I told her. Oh, I do the readings (usually), but not the problem sets or the papers or tests. Except in some rare cases.
And they pay you?
Continue reading “Spring Flings”
The KSJ seminar series not only brings in a variety of interesting speakers, it also attracts attendees from around MIT and Harvard. We’ve been joined by MIT military fellows, graduate students, partners of Neiman fellows, and even a high school student attending an MIT science program, among others.
We love opening our seminars to others, who bring their own unique insights and perspectives. Of course, there would be no seminars without our speakers.
Here’s who we’ve visited since my last update on our seminars: Continue reading “X-Rays, Social Justice and Garbage: Our Winter Seminars”
I’m a huge fan of NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow. But, I’m sad to see Ira once again pursuing an idea that should have been abandoned four years ago.
Continue reading “Flatow’s Folly”
Shooting and editing video is hard. Not hard like chopping wood or climbing a mountain. But hard as in juggling while riding a unicycle backwards and telling a really funny joke. So, it’s tempting to take shortcuts.
Continue reading “Video ethics”