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Let's be Honest

Posted: 30 Aug 2014

One week done. I've gotten to write five stories so far. Most of them should come out in tomorrow's weekend edition. They've all been nice and short with no frills --- just present the news of the science as concisely as possible. That might not be an easy task but at least it's straight forward. I've covered biology, psychology and fundamental physics. As a wonderful treat, I even got to write a brief about some non-equilibrium statistical mechanics (my field), which may be accompanied by an interactive that I helped to put together.

A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing

Posted: 27 Aug 2014

Today was all business. I got in knowing exactly who I needed to contact for the stories that I was working. By the time the newsroom started to fill, I was well on my way, which is good because my deadline got moved ahead. By the end of the day, I had finished two brief articles, which will published this weekend. They both needed a substantial working over by real journalists before they could be submitted but they got done.

Small World

Posted: 27 Aug 2014

Day one done.

It started off pretty slowly. I woke up early (for an academic) and caught the bus into London. While riding in, I wrote today's first blog post and got to the FT with plenty of time to spare. I even sat in a cafe and did a bit of physics.

When I arrived in the newsroom, I was shuttled off to sign forms and and learn the content management system at the FT. This is a program that organizes the article submission and metadata.

Getting my Ducks in a Row

Posted: 26 Aug 2014

I'm on the bus heading into London for my first full day at the FT. It's the Tuesday after the long weekend but I'm not as rested as that might lead you to believe. Being a BSA media fellow will take me out of the lab for an entire month, which is a long time for a post-doctoral researcher. It will be entirely worth it but disappearing for such a long amount of time requires putting my house in order.

Over the weekend, I had to write up a brief contribution to the Supporting Material of a collaborator's thesis, re-submit a manuscript and complete a response to referee reports.