Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

  We’re delighted to say that we have met our goal of raising $5,000 by December 31. These gifts will be matched by an anonymous donor, for a total of $10,000. Thank you to all who have given! Creating and publishing high-quality stories about the craft of science journalism costs money: We pay competitive rates for all the reported... more
In this podcast — our 13th of the year (and 38th episode since we started producing them in the summer of 2015) —  we take a look back at some memorable conversations from the past year. We spoke with quite a mix of inspirational individuals, covered a wide range of fascinating topics, and thought we’d share with you what we... more
Each morning, I scan 26 news sites for stories that report on some claim of a health benefit by a specific intervention. I then compile a list of said stories, and email them to the team. By the end of this year, I may hit 1,000 articles. As a health care reporter, I have found it’s a worthy practice. It helps me keep up with... more
People with low health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized, have chronic illnesses, and not seek treatment than those who better understand and use health information obtained from health care providers and the media. Health literacy is a relatively new and still evolving focus of scientific study, according to NASW member Robert A. Logan... more
We're pleased to announce the brand new NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Award. The award will honor quality, clarity, and effectiveness in institutional science writing produced by staff or freelance writers and carries a cash prize of $2,000. Article type: Grants & awardsArticle topic: NASW news
Among the many things we might ask health care journalists to put on their to-do lists in 2018, dialing back on coverage of animal studies ranks near the top. Yet, we won’t be placing any bets: As with years past, 2017 was full of hyped-up headlines based on pre-clinical evidence. Big claims were made about memory loss, obesity, vision loss... more
Last month the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) released new guidelines advising that high blood pressure (‘hypertension’) be defined at 130/80 millimeters of mercury, instead of the previously widely accepted (and higher) threshold of 140/90. The response from news organizations was massive... more
As a benefit of NASW's membership in the World Federation of Science Journalists, NASW members may now access the 6 million+ articles in the Wiley Online Library. Visit the journal resource page or read more for access credentials. Article type: ResourcesArticle topic: NASW news
Millions of Americans are implanted with medical devices every year, yet surprisingly little is known about whether those devices help or harm them. While Walmart tracks every head of lettuce on its shelves, no one “can say how many people are dying because of implanted medical devices. It’s a black hole,” veteran journalist... more
This year-end report card from is for those of you who love numbers. We have now systematically reviewed nearly 2,500 news stories, nearly 500 PR news releases, and published more than 2,600 blog posts. This blog post will focus on the performance of the news organizations we reviewed in 2017. Of the 10 criteria we use to... more