Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Mark Harris’s story, on a DARPA 2011 challenge, won a 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award. Harris is an investigative technology reporter based in Seattle. Meet Adam. He’s a mid-level engineer at a mid-level software company in a cookie-cutter California office park. He can code a handful of languages, has a penchant for computer vision... more
Talking to me with the assistance of a speaking valve, Chris Simon made it clear what he thought of Radicava, a newly approved drug for patients who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). “It’s more fool’s gold than it is gold,” said Simon, who has ALS and lives in California. He doesn’t plan to take the drug, especially since he has a friend... more
Rhitu Chatterjee is an editor with NPR’s The Salt blog, which covers a range of food related topics, like agriculture, health and nutrition, food policy, food history and culture. She edits and writes on all platforms. She edits online stories by freelancers and radio stories by NPR correspondents. She also works on visual projects, and digital... more
We’ve long been calling for news stories to address cost when they discuss new health care interventions. But it’s exceedingly rare – if not unheard of — for cost to figure prominently in nearly every story about a new drug approval. Yet that’s what we saw in the coverage of Novartis’s innovative new leukemia therapy Kymriah, whose $475,000... more
The astonishing ferocity of Hurricane Harvey may mark the moment when the discussion linking extreme weather with climate change got seriously widespread. At The Intercept, Naomi Klein says there... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
This fall, members will be electing one new board member to fill a mid-term vacancy. Self-nominations are due on Monday, September 18. Read more for details and to get involved. Article type: Governance
For health care reporters covering Hurricane Harvey, there is no shortage of issues to address, whether it’s the health hazards of polluted flood waters, unexpected insect threats (fire ant rafts, anyone?) or the long-term risks of mold growth. But there is one fear that sometimes circulates in news stories after floods that should be... more
This is the 12th edition of Ricki Lewis’ textbook, Human Genetics: Concepts and Applications, widely used in colleges and high school AP classes, and a reliable resource for science writers. More than a million people have had their genomes sequenced, Lewis says, most since her 11th edition was published in 2014. This possibility barely existed in... more
Any study focused on fats vs. carbs, heart disease and death, encompassing several countries, and that challenges existing dietary guidelines around the world is bound to generate news coverage — as well as a slew of eye-catching headlines: Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows (The Telegraph) The Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diet Debate... more
Numerous news outlets covered the FDA’s announcements yesterday (see here and here) of enforcement action against two stem cell clinics that were alleged to offer unapproved and unsafe treatments. Many reports framed the announcement as a ‘crackdown’ on unscrupulous businesses: New York Times: F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Unscrupulous’ Stem Cell... more