Hey, everyone! I'm Mikael Angelo Francisco (@mikaelwrites), a science communicator/writer from the Philippines.
Fresh out of college and about a year into corporate slavery, I was bitten by a radioactive science journalist (possibly on a tight deadline and certainly over-caffeinated). This amazing (and totally not made-up) incident gifted me with the poor word-slinger's proportionate enthusiasm for science, knack for writing, and propensity to procrastinate. As a copywriter by day and a science journalist by night, I use my abilities to combat fake news, misinformation, poorly researched pseudoscience, and people who blame Mercury retrograde for their poor life choices.
Jokes aside, I've been working actively in the field of science journalism for almost five of my six years as a professional writer. I started out by writing film reviews and other pop culture-themed articles for a Filipino-owned geek blog, but I eventually realized that what I actually wanted was an opportunity to write content that's more helpful and meaningful to Filipino readers. Thus, when I was informed of an opportunity to become a science/pop culture writer for a major Philippine media organization's news website (GMA News Online), I pretty much jumped at it!
Nowadays, in addition to writing for GMA News Online, I run my own science news and features website, FlipScience.ph. Our team of passionate science communicators aims to give the Filipino readership an online portal full of relevant science news, feature articles that spotlight the work of Filipino scientists in their respective fields, informative listicles that answer everyday questions and debunk longstanding myths with the use of science, and other entertaining and educational reads. FlipScience also serves as a platform for aspiring science journalists and feature writers to get published and hone their craft. As someone who started his career with little to no preparation, I know how important it is for new writers to have a way not just to get their work out, but also to receive helpful feedback and advice for further honing their craft.
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