Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Earlier this year we began inviting public relations staff to submit their draft health care news releases to us for critiquing prior to publication. Since then we’ve offered guidance to a small number of academic medical centers, trade groups, PR firms and medical associations who sought out our free assistance. We’ve provided... more
Alex/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) In August, freelance science writer Viviane Callier attended a small evolutionary-developmental-biology meeting in Calgary, Canada. She had asked the organizers if she could attend and report on the meeting, and they had agreed. Callier, a freelancer, hoped to turn some of the talks there into stories. She... more
Having a conversation with Victor Montori you can almost feel your hair blow back. If he were introduced at a medical conference you’d probably get something like this: Mayo Clinic diabetes physician, author of roughly 600 publications, world-class expert in shared decision-making and evidence-based medicine, director of Mayo’s... more
A PEDESTRIAN HYPOTHESIS “Walking on two feet is a defining human characteristic, and two feet carried our progenitors out of Africa to people the planet. Archeologists have long thought that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Many of the journalists we know take pride in two things. First, that their writing might help the public to think and talk about issues that have the potential to improve lives. Second, that they stand up, take notice, and find stories where others may not. Several of the 5-star stories we selected below are excellent examples of stories hiding... more
Fibroids cause pain and heavy menstrual bleeding in some women who have them, but others experience no symptoms. Women’s health advocates have long battled for wider recognition of the problems caused by fibroids, noncancerous growths on the uterus that can cause bloating, discomfort and heavy menstrual bleeding. Getting women to talk about their... more
Last night, NBC Nightly News ran a story about the cancer risks related to alcohol consumption. But instead of communicating those risks in a way that would educate and inform, NBC’s coverage was an example of misinformation and fear-mongering. Consider this graphic touting what the reporter describes as a “staggering increased risk... more
Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 Diane McGurgan Service Award, NASW volunteer Jennifer Cox. The winner was announced by president Laura Helmuth on October 28 at the NASW membership meeting, held during the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017.Article type: Grants & awardsArticle topic: NASW news
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.  Jane Qiu is a globetrotting science writer... more
Jane QiuTibetan grasslands have been a lifeline for pastoralists for thousands of years.   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... more