Peter Aldhous, a former PhD student at UoN, now works as a freelance science journalist. He has worked as the News Editor and San Francisco Bureau Chief of New Scientist, and has also worked for Science & Nature. He studied under Chris Barnard whilst at Nottingham and returned to Nottingham to deliver a talk for the 2013 Chris Barnard Memorial Lecture.
Impact Science asks him about the highlights of his career and the current state of science journalism.
How did you first get started in Science Journalism?
I wrote bits while doing my PhD, pitching stories on interesting new papers, or meetings and talks I’d go to. I did most of my writing for BBC WILDLIFE MAGAZINE, one piece for NEW SCIENTIST (that I really struggled to get them to pay me for!) and for some national newspapers. Chris Barnard, my supervisor, was really supportive, despite science writing not necessarily being seen as a respectable thing to do in those days. On the basis of that, I got a job straight after my PhD working for NATURE as a news reporter, and never looked back.