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  Volkan Olmez/Unsplash (CC0)   When freelance science journalist Tara Haelle first started writing about medical studies, she admits she had no clue what she was doing. She quoted press releases and read only study abstracts—practices that make most science journalists cringe. But in the spring of 2012, Haelle attended a workshop run by... more
Here’s a perfect storm. Take several common diseases that affect millions of people —  like antibiotic-resistant infections, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression and bipolar disease —  and then write headlines about recent (or old!) studies on these illnesses that hint at hope. But then, in the ensuing article, don’t... more
“Cure” is one of the seven words we think you should avoid in health care journalism. Stories from The Guardian and other news outlets demonstrate why this term shouldn’t be thrown around carelessly. Their blaring headlines today raise hope that a cancer drug could “cure” HIV infection — a global scourge... more
Entries for the 2018 Science in Society Journalism Awards are open, and this year's contest features a new category. With cash prizes, no entry fees for members, and submissions open to members and non-members alike, we hope that you enter your best work from this year and encourage your colleagues to enter, too. Entries close Feb. 1, 2018.... more
With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror and the new year on the horizon, it’s not too soon to look forward to reporting on health care stories in 2018. In the world of health policy, the fate of the Affordable Care Act and one of its key provisions – the individual mandate — will likely continue to dominate headlines for the foreseeable... more
In January, an invitation to speak at a public-health workshop in Ethiopia arrived in Emily Caldwell's email inbox. The presentation topic was vaguely described as "health communication." Caldwell was thrilled to accept. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing news
Over the past decade the number of podcast listeners has tripled. Some would no doubt attribute that to growing numbers of cars and mobile devices. For me the appeal of podcasts has always been the ‘theater of the mind.’ I don’t recall who it was that first dubbed radio the ‘theater of the mind’ (some say poet... more
The NASW Grants Committee is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 Peggy Girshman Idea Grants for projects from $1,000 to $25,000. Applications are due on December 15, 2017. Read more for application instructions and helpful hints. Article type: Grants & awardsArticle topic: Science writing news