Geeks, Freaks & Deadlines

This is the outline for a presentation to be delivered at the Fall 2008 conference of the National Association of Science Writers, at a panel titled: Geeks, Freaks & Deadlines: Writing about technology and the humans who love it.

Discussion

Who:

  • are you
  • are you writing for
  • are you writing about

What:

  • are your interests and specialities
  • are your skills and techniques
  • will your audience find useful

When:

  • will your news event occur
  • will your work be seen or heard
  • did it (or something similar) happen before

Where:

  • do you find ideas and find sources
  • do you have a network of contacts
  • do you find new markets and enlarge your audience

Why:

  • is this a story now
  • would an editor or reader be interestedĀ 
  • are you covering thisĀ 

How:

  • does it work
  • does it make money (or have an impact)
  • does it affect society
Examples
Just for fun: