Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

A Women’s Health piece warns readers against “fake” news. Last week, US News & World Report ran a piece, Medical News: Real or Fake? that cataloged a series of reader-beware items, including internet ads for “miracle cures” and other potentially bogus products. News sites, readers are warned, may carry exaggerated claims and... more
Hillary Rosner’s story, on the consequences of a rogue fish population, won a 2013 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Rosner is a freelance journalist and editor based in Colorado.  WEST OF PAHRUMP, Nevada, in a corner of the Mojave Desert a couple thousand feet above Death Valley, a warm aquifer provides a home for one of the world’s... more
Tim Folger writes for Discover, Scientific American, National Geographic, and other national publications. He is also the series editor for The Best American Science and Nature Writing, an annual anthology published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He has won a Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism and an American Institute of... more
I can’t remember a week that has featured so much useless reporting about studies that are meaningless to the average reader. All the stories featured clickbait-y diet topics like alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and fiber. All were based on observational studies that can only show associations, not cause-and-effect, and which are prone to... more
Genes help shape intelligence, period. That’s not new news, even though it continues to be a source of dispute for a number of reasons, mostly historical. It’s also not new news that no... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
The National Association of Science Writers’ inaugural Diversity Fellowship has been awarded to two fellows — Aneri Pattani, a recent graduate of the journalism program at Northeastern University in Boston, and Marissa Shieh, a recent graduate of NYU's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. Article type: FellowshipsArticle topic... more
The five-day program for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists features global issues, research topics and challenges, a chance to learn how science writing is done around the world, and a star-studded cast of headline speakers together with all the classic elements of a ScienceWriters meeting: professional development workshops,... more
Imagine you have an amazing office visit with Dr. Wunderbar who offers the following:  unequivocal confirmation that the symptoms you’ve been experiencing actually represent an accepted disease with a real name  studies, statistics, and even anecdotes from other patients validating your experience  help in finding discounted prices for the... more
Right on the heels of Tuesday’s overblown news that “even one glass of alcohol a day raises your breast cancer risk” comes another series of diet-related headlines–this time on another foodstuff guaranteed to garner publicity: chocolate. In this case, instead of chocolate being bad, we learn it might be good: Researchers reviewing data from... more
Multiple large news outlets are running stories today about the role of alcohol in promoting breast cancer risk. ABC: Consuming just 1 alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, report finds Washington Post: Just one alcoholic drink a day increases risk of breast cancer, study says USA Today: One small drink a day increases breast cancer... more