Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

  The winners of The World’s Finest (and Only … As Far as We Know) Science-Themed Peeps Diorama Contest have been chosen, and we’re happy to announce the crème(-filled eggs) de la crème(-filled eggs)! A Huge Thank You to Our Judges! Our six judges are, as promised, as talented as they are wise. They argued the scientific and artistic... more
Skynesher/iStock   It was a September afternoon, and I was riding high from landing a new reporting assignment. I emailed a key source, the leading expert on the topic I was writing about, and to my delight, he replied just five minutes later agreeing to field my call. But the call itself deflated any enthusiasm I had for the assignment. I... more
Science news desks and pressrooms are no longer boys’ clubs. We women science reporters infiltrate graduate programs (my 2015 graduating class in NYU’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program included 11 women and 0 men) and overwhelm conferences. In the 2018 National Association of Science Writers (NASW) membership survey, 64 percent... more
The Open Notebook   Many freelance writers—and some editors, too—see a pitch rejection as the end of the road: The editor doesn’t want this story, and that’s the end of it. And too often, that is the end. In a 2017 TON survey, about 37 percent of writers said that when their pitches are rejected, they typically just thank the editor and move... more