My first piece of freelance work for Nature magazine was to put together the facts and figures for an inforgraphic that would become part of a Nature Outlook supplement called Assessing Science: focusing on how Australia and New Zealand assess their research. It was an interesting piece to work on, and very intensive as a first foray into freelance journalism. It taught me a lot about fact-finding and checking, especially as multiple sources would convey the same information in different ways.
Australia and New Zealand both rely on assessment schemes to improve research quality, yet the money associated with each is very different. Read more about how Australia and New Zealand assess their scientific output.