Brian Clegg [brianclegg]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
Science, writing for the general reader. It's a great subject because it's so important to everyone's lives, but many find it difficult to understand.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
Non-fiction books and magazines.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
Certainly not a lot of the stuff in tabloid newspapers. It should be current information that is important to our lives - so for me, science is always news.
To you, what is objectivity?
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
None. I read newspapers mostly when I'm sitting in a coffee shop, which is pretty well never on a Sunday.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
Not every citizen - but a small percentage do contribute an immediacy that is breathtaking.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
It's cheap and entertaining. But it ain't news.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
Not all of journalism, but blogs are certainly replacing comment columns. They're fresher, more flexible and you can choose ones that delight. Take a look at mine at http://brianclegg.blogspot.com
Will the paper press disappear?
I don't think so - it's still great to read in the coffee shop, but I think fewer and fewer will have a daily paper at home.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
Useful to fill in a few minutes if you haven't got anything to read.
What is the book you would like to write?
Two books - a fiction book for young adults and a non-fiction book called In Search of Dead Scientists, combining a Bill Bryson style humorous travel book with places associated with science. For the moment, though, I'm content with my books at http://www.brianclegg.net/science.html
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
Do something else for a few years first.