Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

tuan_azizi/iStock   When newsrooms are eliminating entire environmental desks, it might not seem like the best time to launch a nonprofit magazine about the changing Earth. But that’s just what Mary Hoff and her colleagues did when they founded Ensia in 2013. Their goal went beyond shoring up dwindling coverage. They wanted to counter... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.) The Fellowship The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 2, 2020 and end on August 31, 2020. The subsequent fellowship period will... more
Joshua Sokol is a science writer in the Boston area. He studied astronomy and English literature in college, worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope, and then attended MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. Since 2016 he has been a freelancer covering space and other topics in natural history for publications like Quanta,... more
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky Jean Friedman-Rudovsky (left) showing photographs on her camera to children living near sugar cane fields outside of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 2011, while reporting a story on the unionization of child workers.   Growing up in a family of newspaper editors and publishers, Jeanne Pinder always knew dinner would... more
wutwhanfoto/iStock   In July 2014, at six and a half months pregnant, Dyani Lewis set out to uncover why small mammals like quolls, bandicoots, and wallabies were rapidly disappearing in northern Australia. It was a dream assignment and she was given a budget to travel, so Lewis took an overnight flight to Darwin, Australia, and drove... more
Brian Friedman Roxanne Khamsi One of the most vexing aspects of cancer is that the treatments are so toxic. Chemotherapy aims a full-intensity blast at every errant cell, while pelting normal cells with friendly fire. But cancer cells mutate, and sometimes one of these random changes provides protection from the chemo drugs. When that... more
Raj Sarma Apoorva Mandavilli Growing up in India, Apoorva Mandavilli was familiar with the sight of people with leprosy—easily spotted by the characteristic limb deformities or fingerless hands—begging on the streets. The disease is a chronic, slow-progressing bacterial infection that’s plagued humans for millennia. But oddly little is... more
Marc Bruxelle/iStock   Last year, I was assigned a feature on a new procedure to save the fertility of children and teenagers with cancer. It was a fascinating subject, but it raised a dilemma: How could I interview and write about these young survivors, who had only recently emerged from traumatic cancer treatment, without... more
Quirex/iStock   After several years of freelancing daily news stories for an online medical news site, Bianca Nogrady felt she had a handle on what the publication wanted. She would cover a single new study in each news story, economically summarizing the results in a few hundred words and then submitting her drafts. But one day... more
TheaDesign/iStock   Este artículo se publicó originalmente en inglés en The Open Notebook el 21 de agosto de 2018. Por Aneri Pattani.   En 1974, periodistas científicos de nueve países europeos se reunieron en Salzburgo, Austria, para hablar sobre el futuro del campo. No hizo falta que transcurriera mucho tiempo antes de que... more