Shannon Fischer

Brighton, MA USA

Professional Experience

A scientist-turned-writer, I'm turning an earlier life in neuroscience laboratories into a career in writing, research and editing. After a crash course in journalism at BU's science writing master's program, my writing has touched from the Ebola virus vaccine to Boston's landfill foundation, and--most recently--Boston fashion and food. and culture. I'm newer to freelancing, having held mostly staff and intern positions so far (Boston Magazine, Smithsonian Zoogoer Magazine), but what I lack in experience I make up for with a scientist's work ethic. Interested in fact-checking, line editing, photography, writing and research assignments.


1 Year
Entry Level
Technical Writer
2 Years


1 Year
2 Years


Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
2 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
2 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

4 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Boston Magazine (very new) (1-2), Smithsonian Zoogoer Magazine (6-10), Book of Odds (6-10)

Other Work History

Laboratory research assistant and teaching assistant at Northeastern University. Research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Informal freelance copy and line editor.

Technical Skills

Aperture, Final Cut Pro, some Adobe Photoshop

Foreign Language Skills

English (native), Russian (basic), French (basic), German (basic)

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Tinderbox, Windows Vista, XP, Mac OS X, HTML, Wordpress


MacBook Pro, Nikon D-700 (Lenses: AF Nikkor 24-85mm, AF VR Nikkor 80-400mm), tripod, digital voice recorder.


Ellen Ruppel Shell ( mentor & professor at M.A. Science Journalism Program, BU. Douglass Starr ( mentor & professor at M.A. Science Journalism Program, BU. Cindy Han ( supervisor and editor at Smithsonian Zoogoer Magazine, Washington D.C.


National Association of Science Writers, New England Science Writers