May 25, 2012 / Friendly URL: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20120525-susan-cosier
A senior editor at Audobon, Susan Cosier ’02 talks to Mongabay.com about what makes good environmental writing and the importance of asking easy questions about complex subjects.
“Morgan Erickson-Davis: How did you get your start as a writer?
“Susan Cosier: My career as a writer really began when I was studying science as an undergrad. I was forced to explain complex systems clearly, an obligation that I hardly appreciated at the time. After college, I went to work for the government, a move that greatly expanded my knowledge base when it came to the environment and the laws surrounding its protection. I was really yearning to increase my understanding of more science, though, and decided to get my master’s degree in the Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. There I delved into a multitude of topics, absorbing as much as I could and slowly learning what it takes to find, develop, and write a compelling narrative. I threw myself into issues I could devour. I ate only foods grown or produced within 100 miles of my Brooklyn apartment; I toured green roofs to see first-hand how they reduce runoff; and I talked with experts about the debate surrounding how—or if—we can eradicate the Ebola virus. My first professional journalism job was at an environmental lifestyle publication, Plenty, and from there, I came to Audubon magazine.”
Image: Susan Cosier.