Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

In the push for diversity, transgender people are often left out. Whether in stories about trans issues or general science, the language and sources writers use often harm trans people unintentionally. Becoming a trans-inclusive journalist can be difficult, but it is not only possible—it’s necessary to create a profession and a world that... more
La mayoría de los periodistas estarán de acuerdo en que aprender a reportear adecuadamente sobre las noticias científicas lleva tiempo, pero a medida que las noticias sobre la pandemia de COVID-19 continúan dominando los titulares, ahora es un trabajo que muchos reporteros deben aprender rápidamente. Para ayudar a los nuevos periodistas... more
Sabrina Imbler is a freelance science writer and essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in ,Atlas Obscura, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Gay Magazine, and others. Her chapbook about volcanoes, Dyke (geology), is out with Black Lawrence Press, and her essay collection about sea creatures is forthcoming with Little, Brown... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. The application deadline is October 25, 2020. The post Call for Proposals for Early-Career Science Journalism Fellowship appeared first on The Open Notebook.
Want to get started honing your data journalism skills? Betsy Ladyzhets and The Open Notebook have collaborated with Workbench, a free web application developed at the Columbia Journalism School, to develop two science-data tutorials. In each, users are given sample datasets from public scientific sources and led through the process of narrowing... more
We’re delighted to announce that The Kavli Foundation has awarded The Open Notebook a $48,000 grant to expand and deepen the craft resources we offer to the science writing community. With Kavli’s support, we’ll develop, over the next year, a series of several email mini-courses that cover various aspects of the craft of science writing. The post... more
Most journalists will agree that learning how to properly report on science news takes time, but as news of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines, it's now a job that many reporters must learn quickly. To help new science journalists, whether they're fresh out of college, career changers, or seasoned journalists being given an... more
The coronavirus pandemic has brought health and science reporting to the fore at every publication, but budgets are tight and freelance journalists, even those with relevant expertise, may find that their pitches are languishing. The trick to selling stories in this unprecedented news environment is to be strategic and persistent. There are two... more
Patient narratives can add depth and heart to health reporting, putting faces to statistics and grounding data that might otherwise seem obscure. And thanks to social media platforms, it’s become easier than ever for journalists to find new sources to fill these gaps. But venturing into this virtual territory also raises some complex ethical... more
In March, a lecture Meehan Crist had given in London was adapted into an essay called “Is It OK to Have a Child?” In the piece, which grapples with the ethics of having children in the era of climate change, Crist embarks on a fraught discussion about parenthood, crisis, and, ultimately, individual empowerment. Here, she discusses her inspiration... more

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