Undark Magazine

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Undark Magazine
Undark logo
Type of site
Online magazine
Available in English
Owner Knight Science Journalism Fellowships
Website www.undark.org
Commercial No
Launched March 2016; 2 years ago (2016-03)

Undark Magazine is a non-profit, editorially independent online publication exploring science as a "frequently wondrous, sometimes contentious, and occasionally troubling byproduct of human culture." [1] The name Undark is a deliberate reference[2] to a radium-based luminous paint product, also called Undark, that ultimately proved toxic and in some cases, deadly, for the workers who handled it.[3]

The magazine is published under the auspices of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Undark publishes a mix of long-form journalism, shorter features, essays, op-eds, Q&As, and book excerpts and reviews. All content is freely available to read, and most is available for republishing by other publications and websites.[4] [5] Many large national and international publications, including Scientific American,[6] The Atlantic,[7] Smithsonian (magazine),[8] NPR,[9] and Outside (magazine) [10] have republishing relationships with Undark.

Undark was jointly founded in 2016 by Pulitzer Prize-winning science author Deborah Blum and The New York Times veteran journalist Tom Zeller Jr., who serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine. [11] [12] [13]


  1. ^ "About Undark Magazine". Undark Magazine. Knight Science Journalism Fellowships.
  2. ^ "About Us - Undark". Undark. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. ^ Blum, Deborah. "Life in the Undark". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. ^ "Submissions". Undark Magazine. Knight Science Journalism Fellowships.
  5. ^ "Republishing Guidelines". Undark Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Stories by Undark Magazine". Scientific American. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Articles republished from Undark Magazine". The Atlantic. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ "When a Medical "Cure" Makes Things Much, Much Worse". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  10. ^ "The Allure and Perils of Hydropower". Outside Magazine. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Connecting science with society, Undark hopes to help elevate the standards for science journalism". Nieman Labs. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Can Undark go where no other online science mag has gone before?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Recent and archived work by Tom Zeller Jr. for The New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2018.

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