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Academia's Biological Studies in War Time

Typical Week as a Science Journalist

Monday:
-Work on smallpox vaccine article
discuss with editor
interview important government official by phone
write story
-Work on adjunct professor story
correspond by email with possible interviewees
download articles on issue from appropriate websites and read parts of them
-Look at statistics for cancer report
-Correspond with principals on microbe report
-Read and respond to email
-Look at news articles related to any story I'm doing
-Look at edits on a book project (not mine, but I'm helping)
-Write lecture for class
-Begin work at 9:30 AM, end 1 AM

Tuesday:
-Teach class (my choice)
-Smallpox vaccine article
edit, split in two
send to editor
-Call source for cancer info for other client
-Email
-Run errands
-Start file on SARS
-National Writers Union – telephone contact to assist another writer
-National Writers Union - assist on contract advisement for writer
-Contact several editors
-Begin work at 8:15 AM, end at 11 PM

Wednesday:
-Trip to NYC to meet with client, have lunch
-Meet another editor
-Write class lecture on train
-Other business and work on my book proposal on the train
-Call another editor to discuss story
-Call contacts for a story
-Work on book edits
-Email
-Begin work at 6:30 AM, end very late

Thursday:
-Teach class
-Work on book edits
-Interviews for adjunct story
-Email- set up interviews for parasite story

Friday:
-Trip to NYC to take client to zoo.
-Stop at publisher to give in edited book (not mine)
-Meet with friend and potential client to discuss work ideas
-Dinner-background for book in proposal stage
-Train to DC
-Begin day at 7 AM, end at 1:30 AM

Didn't work on the weekend. I usually do some work then.