Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

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Barry Schwartz/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) The Open Notebook is looking for a part-time engagement editor who can help develop and administer social media and promotion materials to enable TON to extend its visibility and impact within relevant communities. This position is remote and is a part-time (20 hours per month) contract position. TON is an 8-... more
Put SEX … FOOD … and LOVE in a headline and you’re going to get clicks. Lot’s of them. Guaranteed. But in the case of these headlines — generated by a Harvard study of ‘Seafood Intake, Sexual Activity, and Time to Pregnancy‘ —  you’ll also run the risk of giving couples trying to get pregnant... more
A GoFundMe page depicts William Tisdale with his grandchildren. This week news organizations raced to report how the recent Texas school shooting drove an influx of donations to a crowdfunding campaign to finance a stem cell treatment for the husband of one of the victims. It was a classic narrative of a silver lining emerging from tragedy,... more
In November 2015, on a popular discussion forum for patients, a new post popped up that was critical of Opdivo, a new immunotherapy drug. Under the topic headline “Opdivo…beware the hype and commercials,” and using the screen name “sleapdeac,” the writer said: “I will preface this discussion by stating that I am a physician, not an... more
For overworked, underslept Americans, Mashable and several other news outlets provided some very tempting clickbait: “Sleeping in on the weekends might prevent an early death.” The claim stems from a new study examining self-reported patterns of sleep and early mortality. People who reported that they get less than 5 hours of sleep 7... more
The National Association of Science Writers today sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt expressing concern that his agency prevented specific media outlets from attending a national drinking water summit. NASW's Information Access Committee drafted the letter, which the board approved.Article type: Freedom of... more
Successful parenting involves teaching one’s children to parent themselves — from learning to put on socks to managing time. While some parents nag or punish, Katherine Reynolds Lewis says there’s a better way to help children master self-control. In The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What to Do About... more
The Open Notebook is seeking pitches for a new article series that will examine the experiences, expertise, and perspectives of science journalists from communities that are underrepresented in science journalism. The “Diverse Voices” series aims to bring greater visibility to these journalists and to issues of special relevance to them. We... more
Douglas Fox’s story, which covered the power of dust and its ability to shape ecosystems, won the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism in 2015. Fox is a freelance journalist. Grass on the sand dunes dawdles in a breeze. The air drifting in from the Pacific Ocean is clear and cool on this gray February morning. But... more
A study published last week finds that direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertisements on the four major television networks are increasingly emphasizing lifestyle over information. The findings — published in the May/June issue of the Annals of Family Medicine — raise questions not just about potential conflicts with existing FDA and PhRMA... more