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Tue, 10/24/2017A report on the Sept. 6 conference on science, journalism, and democracy; why U.S. and European markets aren't more welcoming to foreign journalists; David Perlman retires from the best job in the world; Annual Reviews launches a digital magazine; UC San Diego wins a grant to improve the communication ability of researchers; tax... more
Having a bad day? Feeling down? Wouldn’t it be great to just hit a ‘reset’ button? Psilocybin-containing mushrooms: fresh, dried, and in capsules It’s an appealing notion, but a dangerous analogy for journalists to latch on to in reporting about depression. But that’s exactly what’s happened over the past week... more
Huntstock/   In June, dozens of protesters with disabilities stormed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office in response to Medicaid cuts that were part of a proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Headlines and striking images called attention to the many people who were removed forcibly by Capitol Police,... more
Sharon Begley’s story, which recounted the science and societal issues associated with gene drives, won a Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting in 2017. It is just one story in the many that earned Begley her nomination. Begley is a senior science writer at STAT. As soon as Harvard biologist Kevin Esvelt began reading... more
With 1,364 delegates from 70+ countries, next week’s 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco is looking to be a great event. Registration has closed, and there are no late or onsite registrations. Follow #wcsj2017 for updates from afar. Article type: World Conference of Science JournalistsArticle topic: NASW news
Eva Hershaw’s story, which recounts how the frequent dust storms blowing through Texas feedlots might be spreading antibiotic resistance, won NASW’s Science in Society Award in 2016. Hershaw is a freelance journalist based in Italy.  The curtain of dust that swept over the Panhandle on October 17, 2011, descended from the northwest. It... more
We often cover big topics. Things like health care reform, the drug industry, and conflicts of interest, to name a few. But frequently we find big stories in things that, at first glance, seem minor and trivial, but clearly are not. Several of the 5-star stories we selected below serve as an important reminder that with health care news there... more
The NASW Travel Fellowship to AAAS is one of three signature programs of the NASW Education Committee (together with the NASW Mentoring Program and NASW Internship Fair). The fellow experience includes specialized training and guidance on how to cover a meeting and how to report and structure stories, and several rounds of one-on-one editing by... more
Poop dreams? Harvard researchers hope to market a sports drink based on the microbiomes of elite athletes. If you made a discovery that you thought could lead to a product and had named yourself CEO of a nascent company with plans to commercialize that product, would you have a financial interest in the company? Maybe not, according to Harvard... more
Molly Adams/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)   Few concepts trigger more disagreement among journalists than the notion of objectivity. What exactly is objectivity, and what actions compromise it? Does participating in protests, phoning members of Congress, or donating to political advocacy organizations create or reveal a lack of objectivity? This Story... more