[Apologies to regular readers who aren’t MatadorU students; life/work have been exceptionally busy, with more travel than usual and, happily, more deadlines for several big-name publications… all those deadlines fall on 4/30, too. This is a quick post intended to provide a resource for MatadorU students; will resume regular programming at Cuaderno Inedito soonish. In the meantime, feel free to check out my new tumblr blog, Ugly English, where I post photos of bad English from around the world.]
Several of you have asked how to keep a fact-check/source list. Here’s an example from an article I’m writing for Scientific American [phone numbers and last names have been redacted for privacy]. The same basic format can be used for travel writing. Note that the fact check and source list includes: information sourced online (unless you have a specific reason to do otherwise, make sure that your sources are legitimate, as opposed to bloggy gossip); interviews conducted via email or phone; other physical information you consulted (library archives and the like). What I’ve done here is list the fact that’s mentioned in the article and then indicated the source and/or process for getting the information.
Feel free to ask more questions in the comments section below.
7% of the island is designated as protected:
Coffee harvest statistics:
Phosophorescent bay count:
Spoke with Linda [name redacted] of press relations for Ocean and Atmospheric Research division of NOAA on 2/22/2011 at 12:40 PM ([phone number redacted] is office number; [phone number redacted] is telework number). She’s going to check with Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and call me back.
Howard H. Seliger (H.H. Seliger in the literature): Retired professor of Johns Hopkins; has studied luminescences in bays in PR and fireflies. [phone number redacted].
[email redacted]; sent him an email on 3/1/2011; bounced back as undeliverable
Puerto Rico Departamento de Recursos Naturales: [phone number redacted] (called on 3/1/2011 at 2:40 PM; left message)
Lee Mitchell, authored this paper: http://proceedings.esri.com/library/userconf/proc04/docs/pap1018.pdf
emailed him on 3/1/2011
Native, endemic, non-native, and invasive species information:
-Camilla Feibelman of the Sierra Club: Email correspondence and documents provided are available upon request.
-Richard Thomas, herpetologist and professor at the University of Puerto Rico
-Carlos Andres Rodriguez Gomez, UPR student
Dr. Arturo Massol Deya
[email redacted] emailed on 3/3/2011
here’s his article: http://pubs.iied.org/14568IIED.html
Casa Pueblo/Goldman Prize:
New 7 Wonders of Nature
declining bioluminescence in La Parguera