So you want to be a science journalist?
When it comes to talking about science journalism, I sound like a broken record, so I thought I'd compile the resources I usually recommend here!
...in whatever way you can! If at all possible, find an opportunity that pays you for your time -- you're worth it.
Some excellent paid opportunities:
If you're a scientist interested in journalism, consider the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship.
2. Do your research
The Open Notebook has a wealth of knowledge, including an entire section about getting started in science journalism. To read up on the state of journalism, check out the Columbia Journalism Review. Poynter, or Nieman Lab.
3. Find your people
Join a writers' organization. Ready for a bunch of acronyms? Here's a very US-centric list:
For writers from groups traditionally underrepresented in journalism:
Opportunities for Writers of Color on Twitter
Regional science writing groups:
SCONC (North Carolina)
Austin Science Writers
DCSWA (DC Science Writers
Northern California Science Writers
Capital Science Communicators (Sacramento)
SWINY (New York)
Southern California Science Writers
New England Science Writers
Badger Science Writers (Wisconsin)
And if these aren't enough, you can always create your own group of writers on Slack!
4. Apply for grants to support your work, and awards that recognize it!
Local science writing groups often also have funding/awards
Scrivener (for writing / storyboarding)
Pearnote (for note-taking and recording)
Toggl (for time tracking)
A good pen