Pivoting off the News, Writing about Controversy: Featuring Claudia Dreifus

Thursday, November 9, 2017 — 3:30 to 4:30pm ET


Find out the best ways to leverage current events to develop an angle for your science story and how to use controversy to draw readers to read about science within a familiar context. Learn the importance of journalism and advocacy in shaping public opinion.


  • Claudia Dreifus
    Claudia Dreifus writes "Conversation with..." in the New York Times’ Tuesday science section. She is known internationally for her unusual interviews with scientists, policymakers, and international figures. Dreifus, who teaches Magazine Writing with an International Dateline at Columbia, has filed stories from places as diverse as Central America, Northern Ireland, Burma, South Africa, Chile, and Puerto Rico. In her course, emphasis is placed on developing practical skills with real world applications. Using the diverse possibilities of New York City as a base, students are encouraged to develop the skills they will need to produce feature length reporting from international locales.

Live-Stream: November 9, 2017 at 3:30pm EST

Workshop Instructor(s)
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Jennifer Albanese

Course Instructor

Jennifer Albanese is the Director of the Writing Center and the former Associate Director of the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Stony Brook University,where she has taught for eighteen years. She was awarded the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Lecturer in 2012, and Senior Lecturer in 2016. Dr. Albanese has developed professional writing workshops and courses for the Graduate Chemistry program and the Institute for Advanced Computational Science. In recent years she has also developed writing modules for the AldaCenter for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.

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Claudia Wallis

Course Instructor

Claudia Wallis is an award-winning science writer and magazine editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Fortune, The New Republic, Scientific American and Rolling Stone. She is currently the health columnist for Scientific American and writes “The Science of Learning” column for the Hechinger Report. She is the author of 40 Time Magazine cover stories, two of which were National Magazine Award finalists.