Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Let’s say you want to dip your toes into graphic journalism but are worried because you think you can’t draw. Luckily, making graphic journalism isn’t so much a test of your drawing abilities as it is about making words and images work together. You can begin illustrating even without an art background. Here are some strategies for getting... more
Sara Shipley Hiles is an associate professor of professional practice at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Before teaching, she was a freelance journalist and staff writer at publications including The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She specializes in science, health, and environmental journalism and... more
The Craft of Science Writing comes out today! It’s available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook forms wherever you like to buy books. The post <i>The Craft of Science Writing</i> Publishes Today appeared first on The Open Notebook.
Los periodistas tienden a creer que simplemente exponer los problemas es suficiente para crear un cambio. Pero ese modelo puede ser contraproducente, especialmente con cuestiones complejas y continuas, como el cambio climático y la epidemia de opioides. Cuando la cobertura se convierte en un tambor negativo constante, el público puede alejarse.... more
Jane J. Lee is a science writer and editor based in Los Angeles, California. She spent three and a half years at Nature as a news editor and, before that, three years as a reporter and editor at National Geographic. Her work has also appeared in Science,, The San Jose Mercury News, and other publications. Jane is an alumna of the... more
Like fact-checkers, sensitivity readers can help illuminate the truth in stories by avoiding harmful stereotypes or mischaracterizations. Jane C. Hu explains the ins-and-outs of working with sensitivity readers, from hiring a reader to setting working expectations. But hiring a reader, who ought to be paid a fee, may not always be possible. For... more
In his first book, The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean tackled a topic that strikes fear and loathing into the hearts of many high school chemistry students: the periodic table. But in Kean's hands, the table became a springboard for stories about discovery, obsession, and betrayal. His subsequent books have employed the same lively storytelling and... more
Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The Craft of Science Writing! This free event, held at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle and co-sponsored by the Northwest Science Writers Association, will include a lively discussion with several contributors to this indispensable guide for media professionals, scientists, science... more
Among the various forms of science storytelling online, video has the most moving parts. To convey a story through writing, sound, and visuals, video creators need to ensure that each aspect plays well with the others. If they don’t, they risk confusing viewers, or perhaps worse, boring them. Here, Vox video producer Joss Fong tells us how she... more
The Open Notebook is excited to introduce the latest recipients of our fellowship for early-career science journalists, Shira Feder and Katherine Wu. Made possible by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the fellowship involves working with a mentor for eight months to report and write stories for TON. We're delighted to have Shira... more