Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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The physician whom STAT lists as author of an op-ed praising the vital role of drug company sales representatives didn’t actually write the piece. Robert Yapundich, MD revealed this key detail in a telephone interview with me yesterday. He stated unequivocally that he did not come up with the idea for the article or compose the first draft... more
On April 28, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), in Seattle, was bustling not only with its usual array of doctors and scientists, but also more than 170 visiting PIOs and science communicators attending an all-day conference hosted by the Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA). Article type: ScienceWriters... more
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Americans consume more chicken than any other meat, In doing so, they ingest substantial amounts of antibiotics as well. In Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats, Maryn McKenna discusses the consequences of the introduction, starting in the 1940s, of routinely using... more
A 2014 analysis by the Media Insight Project found that about 6 out of 10 Americans admit they did nothing more than scan the headlines in the past week. In this classic photo, President Truman delights over the inaccurate headline. And that’s just the people that admit it. Then, last summer, French and American researchers found that nearly... 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 1, 2018 and end on August 31, 2018. The subsequent fellowship period will... more
I woke up this morning after a long holiday weekend thinking that STAT, the well-regarded science and health news outlet, would surely have addressed this article that it published on the Friday morning before Labor Day. The opinion piece was headlined  “How pharma sales reps help me be a more up-to-date doctor,” and it was written by... more
Mark Harris’s story, on a DARPA 2011 challenge, won a 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle. Meet Adam. He’s a mid-level engineer at a mid-level software company in a cookie-cutter California office park. He can code a handful of languages, has a penchant for computer vision... more
Talking to me with the assistance of a speaking valve, Chris Simon made it clear what he thought of Radicava, a newly approved drug for patients who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “It’s more fool’s gold than it is gold,” said Simon, who has ALS and lives in California. He doesn’t plan to take the drug, especially since he has a friend... more
Rhitu Chatterjee is an editor with NPR’s The Salt blog, which covers a range of food related topics, like agriculture, health and nutrition, food policy, food history and culture. She edits and writes on all platforms. She edits online stories by freelancers and radio stories by NPR correspondents. She also works on visual projects, and digital... more