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Whenever you see a news story that contains imbalanced and inaccurate information about health care, you’d be justified in wondering whether the content originated with a poor-quality PR news release. We’ve been demonstrating how these promotional documents can mislead readers about animal studies, phase 1 research, and minimally ... more
Kelly Brenner   What’s it like to report on science in a language that doesn’t have a word for science? To be an immigrant freelancer whose career is at the mercy of a labyrinthine visa system? To work in a newsroom where no one looks like you—and no one else sees that as a problem? Our personal experiences, backgrounds, and circumstances... more
Kelly BrennerSome autistic writers have poor working memory and can become overwhelmed trying to retain too many details at once.   If there is one response as a writer I dread more than a rejection to a pitch, it’s this one: “I’d be happy to talk to you. Why don’t you give me a call?” When I hear the first few clarinet notes of Rhapsody in... more
What follows should not be viewed as a dissent of the PIO Committee letter of support for the amendment on officer qualifications or of the proposal to amend officer qualifications. It is an analysis of how NASW operations could be affected if non-journalists were to serve as officers.
Curious about who we are and what your fellow members think? Check out the 3-page spread of membership survey results in this sneak peek excerpt from the ScienceWriters Fall issue. Article topic: NASW news
Sometimes all it takes is a little Bob Marley; not just his music, but quotes like this: “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” When integrity is lost — especially by those who we expect it from in the field of health care... more
A photo of Mackenzie Ames is posted on the FH Foundation web site above her column entitled “A New FH Family.” This week a New York Times story introduced readers to a young woman with a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), which is characterized by high cholesterol levels and early heart disease. The story... more
At NASW's annual business meeting on October 13, members will have the opportunity to vote on two proposed amendments. Check your inboxes for an online proxy invitation if you cannot attend in person. Read more for details.
In case you ever wondered, October 20th is World Osteoporosis Day. In preparation, two advocacy groups — the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Bone Health Alliance — have joined forces with Medtronic, the world’s largest medical device maker, to raise awareness about what they consider to be an “under-... more
The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) is again sponsoring several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting, being held next in Washington, D.C.