“Learning Research Methods in Agricultural Science”
As owner of Words For Hire, Karen has been a fulltime freelance writer for agriculture and equiculture since 2002. She counts over 50 publications as her clients, providing copy, photography, and one commissioned book. In 2006, she was a finalist for a Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Best Agricultural Article; she received the CFWF Q.H. Martinson bronze award for Weekly Press Reporting in 2012 and another CFWF bronze in 2016 for photography. Known as ‘the idea person’, she served 11 years on the ECFWA board as director and VP and as editor of The Nib, the ECFWA newsletter, and two years as regional representative on the CFWF board.
Karen has enrolled in a course at the University of Guelph entitled “Research Methods in Agricultural Science” to enhance her understanding of research principles and processes that will allow her to analyze and disseminate relevant research results to readers, combining good science with her writing talents to provide interesting articles. She hopes to gain a stronger foundation in critical thinking, experimental design and data analysis that will allow her to assess and report the value of research projects. Karen plans to share her knowledge through CFWF presentations, a webinar or articles and is interested in speaking to students about the role of mainstream media in science.