Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Entries for the 2019 Science in Society Journalism Awards are open. 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, 2019.
The Storygram series, in which professional writers annotate award-winning stories to illuminate what makes a great science story great, is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Joshua Sokol is a freelance writer based in... more
Joss McKinley (Originally published at Mosaic.)   The following story diagram—or Storygram—annotates an award-winning story to shed light on what makes some of the best science writing so outstanding. The Storygram series is a joint project of The Open Notebook and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is supported in part... more
Many of the medical truths we hold to be self-evident are actually assumptions. Our 5-Star selections this week are good examples. Many of us assume medical devices are rigorously tested before going to market. That bed rest keeps premature labor at bay. Or, that electronic medical records (EMRs) will make health care delivery more streamlined and... more
  Earlier this week, HealthNewsReview publisher Gary Schwitzer wrote that the free news release review program he had offered was shutting down.  You could almost hear the disappointment in his explanation that barely more than a half-dozen institutions took advantage of this offer in the past 20 months it was available. “What more we can do... more
Is social media a friend or foe of science? An opinion piece published in JAMA last week suggests the latter: Protecting the Value of Medical Science in the Age of Social Media and ‘Fake News‘ The authors argue social media poses a threat to science in several ways: Unfettered publication of unvetted information by sources of unknown... more
frimages/iStock   Back in the spring, an editor emailed me to ask if I’d take on an assignment about comedian Amy Schumer’s recent movie, I Feel Pretty. I don’t write about entertainment or Hollywood, and by that time the film had already sparked reviews and op-eds in dozens of publications. The editor and I worked to find a different angle:... more
  Dear Friends, 2018 has been The Open Notebook’s strongest year yet. So far this year: We’ve published dozens of feature-length stories, on a wide range of topics, such as how to read a scientific paper, how to make the most of a journalism internship, how to vet story ideas before pitching, how to write good transitions, how to write a... more
  Dear Friends, 2018 has been The Open Notebook’s strongest year yet. So far this year: We’ve published dozens of feature-length stories, on a wide range of topics, such as how to read a scientific paper, how to make the most of a journalism internship, how to vet story ideas before pitching, how to write good transitions, how to write a... more

Pages