Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Gregor Mendel's pea plant experiments, which investigated how traits are inherited, is the stuff (fluff?) of science legend. But what about his lesser-known experiments with sugar-coated marshmallow chicks? A diorama of the 19th century Augustinian monk’s work with Peep plants has won the Golden Peep in the third annual World’s Finest Science-... more
Maybe you’re a scientist who’s making the leap into journalism. Maybe you’re a general-assignment reporter, or an education reporter, or a city hall reporter, and you’ve been assigned your first science story. Or maybe you’re a journalism student who wants to try covering science or medicine or the environment. But whoever you are, if you’re... more
Quizás eres un científico que está dando el salto al periodismo. Tal vez seas un reportero de asignaciones generales, de educación o de política y te han asignado tu primera noticia sobre un tema científico. O tal vez eres un estudiante de periodismo que quiere probar cubrir temas de ciencia, medicina o medio ambiente. Sin importar quién seas, si... more
Rapidly advancing prenatal testing technology may soon hand parents the routine decision of what kind of child they will, or won’t, bring into the world. A prime example is Down syndrome, where in countries like Denmark, a majority of families who receive a prenatal diagnosis of the condition decide to end their pregnancies. Atlantic reporter... more
The past year is littered with tales of the rich and privileged living as if there were no pandemic. One of them, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Diamandis, threw an in-person conference in defiance of a Southern California stay-at-home order. A $30,000 ticket gave attendees a front-row seat to what would become a COVID-19 superspreader event,... more
With hundreds of thousands of journals publishing new studies, it can be overwhelming to determine which titles are reputable and contain story-worthy findings. Veteran reporters and editors share their strategies for finding and following new journals, accessing studies’ full text, and vetting the credibility of journals through metrics and... more
Con cientos de miles de revistas que publican nuevos estudios, puede ser abrumador determinar cuáles son confiables y contienen hallazgos dignos de cobertura periodística. Los reporteros y editores veteranos comparten sus estrategias para encontrar y seguir nuevas revistas, acceder al texto completo de los estudios y verificar la credibilidad de... more
Writers are embracing email newsletters as a self-publishing platform, but resources on starting one are lacking. Aspiring newsletter writers must choose a topic, a platform, a promotion strategy, and more to get started. But for all its challenges, a newsletter can be a great way for a writer to hone their writing skills, fill a gap in news... more
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has forced conference organizers to pivot to virtual formats, countless science and science-writing meetings are now at the fingertips of journalists. But it can be challenging to choose which conferences and sessions to attend among a plethora of options. And online meetings present new challenges, such as juggling... more
Dado que la pandemia de COVID-19 ha obligado a los organizadores de conferencias a cambiar a formatos virtuales, innumerables reuniones científicas y de comunicación científica están ahora al alcance de los periodistas. Pero puede ser un desafío elegir a qué conferencias y sesiones asistir entre una gran cantidad de opciones. Y las reuniones en... more