Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Mark Peplow is a freelance science journalist based near Cambridge, U.K., who splits his time between writing and editing. He previously spent four years as Nature’s news editor, two years as editor of Chemistry World, and two years as a physical sciences reporter at Nature. He really likes chemistry.   Courtesy of Mark Peplow What I’m... more
natasaadzic/iStock   I have experienced racism in the newsroom. This hasn’t surprised me. I have been black my whole life, so racism has been a fixture of my whole life. What has surprised me, as someone who transitioned to journalism from other work, is that I’ve encountered racism more frequently in journalism than I did in previous... more
feyyazalacam/iStock   Steven Leckart has gotten tear-gassed, crawled under razor wire fences, and taken part in 81 fitness drills for a story on the U.S. Army’s basic combat training. He’s tasted the fiery Carolina Reaper for a piece about the race to grow the next hottest pepper. He’s also spent 20 minutes shivering at the bottom of a 60-... more
The Open Notebook is seeking pitches for our Diverse Voices series. This series examines the experiences, expertise, and perspectives of science journalists from communities that are underrepresented in science journalism. We strive, in our coverage, to consider multiple dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ status,... more
Virginia Hughes is the science editor at BuzzFeed News, where she manages five reporters focused on the darker side of science. Before that she was a freelancer reporting on genetics, neuroscience, and medicine. Her writing has appeared in Nature, Popular Science, The New York Times, and twice in the Best American Science and Nature Writing... more
Courtesy of students in Mrs. Tamblyn's 5/th/6th grade class   Editors’ note: All 30 students in Natalie Tamblyn’s 5th/6th grade class at David Lubin Elementary School in Sacramento, California made Peeps dioramas, and 14 students entered theirs into The World’s Finest Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest. 6th grader Lucy... more
Sally Mitchell, Rye High ChemClub Members, Mrs. Mitchell's Chemistry ClassesThe Peepiodic Table of the Elements   Editors’ note: The Open Notebook asked Sally Mitchell, chemistry teacher at Rye High School in Rye, New York, to share the story behind her students’ project—an impressive rendering of the entire periodic table of the... more
  The winners of The World’s Finest (and Only … As Far as We Know) Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest have been chosen, and we’re happy to announce the crème(-filled eggs) de la crème(-filled eggs)! A Huge Thank You to Our Judges! Our six judges are, as promised, as talented as they are wise. They argued the scientific and artistic... more
Skynesher/iStock   It was a September afternoon, and I was riding high from landing a new reporting assignment. I emailed a key source, the leading expert on the topic I was writing about, and to my delight, he replied just five minutes later agreeing to field my call. But the call itself deflated any enthusiasm I had for the assignment. I... more
Science news desks and pressrooms are no longer boys’ clubs. We women science reporters infiltrate graduate programs (my 2015 graduating class in NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program included 11 women and 0 men) and overwhelm conferences. In the 2018 National Association of Science Writers (NASW) membership survey, 64 percent... more