If you have an idea or a story but are feeling stumped about the best way to tell it, have a look through this list. You may even want to include a proposed format with your pitch.
Research paper translation article
This is the foundation of Massive's writing training. The template you can use is here [members only] and here are a few great examples of pieces. The research article you choose to translate should be relatively new — pick something published within the last six months.
This is a timely, short, opinionated reaction to something happening in the news cycle. For example: "The Science Nobel Prizes are sexist, racist, and misleading. Let's rethink them." Lab Notes are an excellent way to approach this format.
This can be in any medium – video, audio, written. A conversation between two (or more) people is a great way to dig into a meaty topic. Read co-founder Nadja Oertelt's great Q&A with Max Tegmark, or this Q&A-style piece from a biostatistician.
Another word for this is long-form. It compiles a group of scenes to tell a larger story, with a narrative arc, characters, and deeper themes. Getting all these pieces requires interviewing sources, visiting sites, and doing whatever else needs to happen for you to experience or hear everything that ends up in your work. Scientists that do this well include physician-researchers Atul Gawande and Siddhartha Mukherjee (both, in this case, in The New Yorker).
First-person video journal/vlog
The Green brothers have elevated this format to an art. It would be a great personal essay alternative.
Massive creates animated videos about a range of topics, from dark matter to the human genome.
Sometimes the best way to articulate something is in gifs. Yes, really.
Interested in science storytelling? Become a member of the Massive Science Consortium to get science writing training - no experience necessary.