When I was working on my PhD, I thought I wanted to become tenure-track research professor. I loved thinking and talking and writing about science, but I didn’t love doing experiments. I hoped I could push through the research phase long enough to get to a point in my career when I no longer had to work at the bench. Luckily, I discovered a new way to do my favorite parts of science, without needing to actually do science. These days, I still do research, but it looks a little different. Instead of running experiments, I do research as a science journalist by reading papers, interviewing scientists about their work, and doing however much background research I need to be able to understand the subject I’m writing about. Instead of parsing or analyzing my experimental data, I sift through hours of interview transcripts to pull out the primary quotes that best tell my story. Just like organizing data panels in a manuscript, I cut and move paragraphs around to connect the facts of my story in the most coherent and compelling way possible.