Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Perhaps few journalism organizations have tried harder to minimize conflicts of interest than the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), the leading professional organization for journalists who report on health care. The two of us know AHCJ well, having been members almost since its launch 20 years ago. We’ve both served on AHCJ... more
Ben Harder, a journalist with US News & World Report, recently tweeted, “Pharma ads subsidize many health reporters’ salaries.” Elisabeth Rosenthal, who now heads Kaiser Health News after a long career with the New York Times, tweeted in that same discussion, “Many of my articles in the NYT carried pop-up ads for pharma... more
File this under definitely NOT the best thing since sliced bread. Headlines claiming that “Whole Grain Bread Might Not Actually Be Healthier Than White Bread.”  It’s the latest turn of the clickbait merry-go-round powered by preliminary studies whose conclusions may change from week to week. Despite the ephemeral nature of the... more
Every day we scrutinize media messages about health on this website. We encounter evidence — presumed by many to be logical and impartial — that is packaged, spun, and even altered by forces such as investors, egos, politics, and career concerns. Claims and promises are made. Often with much fanfare. Enter emotions. Those most... more
Lunch and Tour Sign-Ups now available for WCSJ2017 NASW, along with our organizing partners for 10th World Conference of Science Journalists, is excited to announce the addition of several lunch programs and university-sponsored laboratory tours to the conference schedule. Registration for the newly added events is now open on a first come, first... more
LIZARDS AND GLOBAL WARMING Been reading about how the warming planet could affect the gut microbes of lizards.  Well, strictly speaking, how ambient temperature affects lizard cloacal microbes,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Amy McDermott now knows more about lichens than she ever expected to. Her Taylor/Blakeslee Project Fellowship was an introduction to deep-dive feature reporting, a chance to build relationships with U.S. Forest Service heavyweights, and a chance to chase great stories. Article type: ScienceWriters magazineArticle topic: Science writing... more
“Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after it; so that when Men come to be undeceiv’d, it is too late; the Jest is over, and the Tale has had its Effect…”       Jonathan Swift, The Examiner, 1710 A very short letter published on January 10th, 1980, in The New England Journal of Medicine may be one of the main tributaries to what is now a... more
An experimental immunotherapy treatment for multiple myeloma from a biotech company in China captured wide attention at the just-concluded American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting. We’ve been following news reports from the meeting closely since it kicked off last Friday: High drug costs (and stock values) take center stage at... more
What procedures, drugs, foods, environmental exposures, and everyday practices can help or harm your children in pregnancy, birth, and the first years of life? What can you do to protect your children’s health and development? In Dirt Is Good, Jack Gilbert, Rob Knight, and NASW member Sandra Blakeslee provide a parent-friendly guide to the human... more