Whom to write for, how to pitch, where to find stories, and opportunities to grab

I have been a freelance science journalist for six years. With a bit of luck and lots of grit and learning from mistakes, I have published in more than twenty outlets. My stories have won prizes from Singapore to Switzerland.

If…

For depth, accuracy, and emotional impact, there’s no substitute for intimate, open-minded, patient field reporting.

For my stories now, I’m digging for numbers and calling sources for maps and contacts. All done at my desk, eyes on a screen. Maybe I won’t need to get out.

But, of course not.

Robert Caro, the renowned biographer and journalist, was writing about the changes that electricity brought…

You want to soar as a freelance science journalist in Southeast Asia? It’s tough but fun! My advice is to start small and aim big. Listen and take your pick of the tips dished out by Dyna Rochmyaningsih and Sandy Ong in Episode 3 of Monsoon.

After we described in Monsoon Episode 1 what we do as freelance science journalists, Dyna, Sandy, and I talk about taking the start of our careers in this episode. We share tips and strategies for others who wish to report on science in Southeast Asia.

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Three journalists chat about the joys and pain of their careers

Monsoon is a podcast that explores Southeast Asia through science and science journalism. Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher.

Episode 1 | 26 Feb 2021

Guests

  1. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, freelance science journalist, Executive Director of Society of Indonesian Science Journalists
  2. Sandy Ong, freelance science journalist…

The region has eleven species of wild pigs, the most worldwide. But they face a grave threat in the lethal African swine fever.

Monsoon is a podcast that explores Southeast Asia through science and science journalism. Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher.

Episode 2 | 26 Feb 2021

Guests:

  1. Matthew Linkie — deputy director for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Indonesia; Asia Coordinator for the International Union for…

Yao-Hua Law

Freelance science journalist in Malaysia. Stories in Macaranga, Science News, Science, BBC, Mosaic, Nikkei Asia. Loves durian. https://scienceilluminates.com

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