[SIGCIS-Members] Should we aspire to be featured in or write for the New Yorker?

Janet Abbate abbate at vt.edu
Tue Oct 14 11:52:06 PDT 2014

Dear Colleagues,

I don't think one bad experience, or even several, should make us give up on engaging with more popular or widely-read media. We've probably all had bad experiences with academic peer review as well. The point is not to excuse these occurrences but to "censure and move on," as the saying goes. 

I for one would welcome sharing of information on how to be published in these more popular outlets. I don't mean general writing advice, but practical information specific to each publisher: whom to contact; what sort of topics, length, format they are looking for; what they want to see up front (an idea or an entire draft), etc.  I appreciated Ian Bogost's post about the Atlantic, for example. Having this type of information would give me a more concrete goal to shoot for than just "write something popular." 


Dr. Janet Abbate
Associate Professor, Science & Technology in Society
Co-director, National Capital Region STS program
Virginia Tech

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