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Talking mushrooms in Cusco

writer | editor | producer

anita_makri[at]yahoo[dot]com

I cover global development, health and environmental issues. For over 15 years I’ve worked in media, online publishing, think tanks and academia — most recently at SciDev.Net, as editor of op-eds and special features.

Through this experience I bring a mix of narrative and analytical depth to projects, with an eye for ideas that challenge and imagery that brings themes to life.

I’m a member of Devex, the Association of British Science Writers and the New York Academy of Sciences, where I’m a registered mentor. I also serve on the advisory board of the Global Health Film Initiative.

 


 

Journalism and editorial support

  • Writing/reporting through news pieces, features, book reviews, commentary
  • Editing articles and reports, ensuring sound concepts and jargon-free text
  • Project managing features that combine text, data and multimedia elements
…insight through evidence and story…

 

Stories from the field

Producing audiovisual features in the developing world — with original photography and a focus on the people as well as the ideas being communicated.

I’m equally comfortable in the office or the field, and have worked in several countries with a wide range of contributors including journalists, fixers, researchers and officials.

…bringing big themes to life…

 

Science communication training

One-to-one mentoring for researchers or practitioners interested in crafting effective op-eds or generally improving their writing for non-specialist audiences.

  • Approach — listening and thinking together about what you want to achieve
  • Goals — finding your voice, solving dilemmas, identifying strengths
  • Practice — concrete guidance and tips on how to convey your ideas

What can you expect? The mentorship can take place with face-to-face meetings or via Skype, combined with email, over a single session or several depending on your needs. It can focus on a particular article or the process, anywhere from identifying ideas to pitching a piece to editors.

Why do it? In short: impact and engagement. Science communication is a powerful path to impact — like any of us, policymakers are much more likely to read about new research in the media rather than a peer-reviewed paper. Writing articles in accessible language can help take your work beyond the world of academia to influence policy, expand your networks and raise awareness among the public. A SciDev.Net survey has estimated that about 70% of opinion articles commissioned in 2012 influenced policy or expanded authors’ networks.

Why me? In my role at SciDev.Net I’ve helped dozens of authors conceptualise and develop their op-eds. Before making a career shift to communication I worked as a research scientist, so I understand concerns around accuracy. And I can help guide you through them to convey ideas in a way that balances detail with accessible language for a non-specialist audience. I’m a registered mentor with the New York Academy of Sciences, and for more detail on my background see this outline of my experience or LinkedIn page.

Questions? Email me for a free initial conversation to discuss your needs and whether I can help.

…Writing persuasively and accessibly without losing complexity…