Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

WilliamSherman/iStock   As I sit down to write this, I notice that I’ve been holding my breath. It’s a subconscious symptom of a now familiar tension—a fear that this time, the words just won’t come to me, or that they’ll come so slowly that I’ll miss my deadline. If this story progresses like most pieces, I’ll follow the same pattern... more
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under NOAA research permit #15488. Right whales off the coast of Florida in 2014.   The story diagrams—or Storygrams—we present on these pages annotate stories to shed light on what makes some of the best science writing so outstanding. The Storygram series is a joint project... more
Rachel de Leon / Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting Elizabeth Shogren Elizabeth Shogren, reporting for The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Reveal, first interviewed climate scientist Maria Caffrey in 2013. At that time, Caffrey had just started a new and timely research project for the National Park Service. She was... more
Giancarlo Liguorli/Shutterstock   Este artículo se publicó originalmente en inglés en The Open Notebook el 14 de septiembre de 2011. Este artículo fue traducido por Rodrigo Pérez Ortega.   Hace unos años, adopté a un cachorro. Lo elegí entre su camada y en las semanas que esperé a que destetara, hice una lista de más de una... more
    Christina Selby Scientists (Carolina da Silva and graduate students) from the State University of Mato Grosso in Cuiabá survey for migratory birds during an expedition on the Rio Paraguay in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s largest wetlands. In the 21st century, science is mostly a global activity. Consider, for example... more
    Christina Selby Científicos (Carolina da Silva y estudiantes de posgrado) del la Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso en Cuiabá monitorean aves migratorias durante una expedición en el Río Paraguay en el Pantanal de Brasil, el humedal más grande del mundo.   Este artículo fue traducido al inglés del original en español... more
tuan_azizi/iStock   When newsrooms are eliminating entire environmental desks, it might not seem like the best time to launch a nonprofit magazine about the changing Earth. But that’s just what Mary Hoff and her colleagues did when they founded Ensia in 2013. Their goal went beyond shoring up dwindling coverage. They wanted to counter... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. (See here for stories written by our previous fellows.) The Fellowship The next TON/BWF fellowship period will begin on January 2, 2020 and end on August 31, 2020. The subsequent fellowship period will... more
Joshua Sokol is a science writer in the Boston area. He studied astronomy and English literature in college, worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope, and then attended MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing. Since 2016 he has been a freelancer covering space and other topics in natural history for publications like Quanta,... more
Noah Friedman-Rudovsky Jean Friedman-Rudovsky (left) showing photographs on her camera to children living near sugar cane fields outside of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, in 2011, while reporting a story on the unionization of child workers.   Growing up in a family of newspaper editors and publishers, Jeanne Pinder always knew dinner would... more