Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Not everybody is on board with the idea of scientists marching on Washington in April, Tabitha M. Powledge writes: "Some in science oppose it, and a great many others are unsure whether they approve or not. Will a March accomplish anything good? Or will it be bad for science public relations — and perhaps provoke the TrumPets to (horrors!) cut... more
Congratulations to this year's NASW Travel Fellows. These 10 undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and educational institutions were selected by the NASW Education Committee to attend this year's AAAS annual meeting Feb.16-20, in Boston. Each fellow will receive up to $1,000 to assist with travel. Fellows will each write a story for... more
Carlett Spike surveyed freelancers about their favorite outlets to work for and the most popular ones included some familiar names and others you might not have heard of: Mel magazine, Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Times, Quartz, the Guardian, and the New Yorker. Spike writes, "We focused on pay, the editing process, turnaround time, and the... more
This week a Facebook post from user Hayley Browning on her “trick” to finding breast cancer went viral, garnering 150,000+ shares, and 22,000 comments in just a handful of days. A photo from Hayley Browning’s Facebook post on her breast cancer diagnosis. Browning urged women to check their breasts while lying down in addition to... more
MARCH IN APRIL The scientists’ march on Washington, discussed here at On Science Blogs a couple weeks ago, is now definitely a Thing. Here’s the March for Science web site. Hashtags... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
No sooner had I pressed the “publish” button on this post complaining about Amgen’s data-free promotion of a “landmark” study on its cholesterol-lowering drug Repatha, when here comes Bayer touting the “overwhelming efficacy” of its blood-thinner rivaroxaban (Xarelto) – again without providing a shred of supporting evidence. According to the... more
Why didn't reporters sense a Trump surge in the Rust Belt? Maybe because they weren't there, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky writes: "The digital age, rather than fostering a new era of remote work, actually increased our profession’s geographic concentration. One out of every five media jobs was located in New York City, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles... more
  Why do we review news releases? Because the exaggerated claims sometimes made in these public relations documents can get passed along–with little independent analysis or scrutiny–to unsuspecting news consumers who may think they’re reading carefully vetted journalism. Here are two fresh examples that demonstrate how this happens and why... more
Logo design by Tara Taylor   For much of my career as a science writer, I’ve stood in the intersection of a Venn diagram connecting science journalism, science education, and science outreach (or engagement, as we’re calling it now). It makes me a bit of a misfit, being neither full-time journalist nor teacher nor PIO. But I’ve long thought... more
Wed, 02/08/2017Coverage of ScienceWriters2016 in San Antonio, Texas; a new director for the University of California at Santa Cruz science communication program; the David Perlman WCSJ2017 Travel Fellowship Fund for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco; communicating science in the clickbait era; and reducing taxes on... more

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