Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

In his first book, The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean tackled a topic that strikes fear and loathing into the hearts of many high school chemistry students: the periodic table. But in Kean's hands, the table became a springboard for stories about discovery, obsession, and betrayal. His subsequent books have employed the same lively storytelling and... more
Please join us as we celebrate the publication of The Craft of Science Writing! This free event, held at the Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle and co-sponsored by the Northwest Science Writers Association, will include a lively discussion with several contributors to this indispensable guide for media professionals, scientists, science... more
Among the various forms of science storytelling online, video has the most moving parts. To convey a story through writing, sound, and visuals, video creators need to ensure that each aspect plays well with the others. If they don’t, they risk confusing viewers, or perhaps worse, boring them. Here, Vox video producer Joss Fong tells us how she... more
The Open Notebook is excited to introduce the latest recipients of our fellowship for early-career science journalists, Shira Feder and Katherine Wu. Made possible by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the fellowship involves working with a mentor for eight months to report and write stories for TON. We're delighted to have Shira... more
La falsificación estadística se ha vuelto más difícil de detectar. Gran parte está oculta en la forma en que los datos se cortan y rebanan en cubitos después del juntarlos o se someten a un análisis que los tortura en busca de resultados significativos. La buena noticia es que los periodistas científicos pueden aprender a detectar muchos de estos... more
For as long as it’s been possible to record interviews with sources, journalists have had to grapple with the decision about whether to transcribe this material, and if so how much. Reporters with abundant financial or institutional resources could hire another human being to type out the interviews, using one of many independent companies that... more
Most U.S. media outlets offer spotty coverage, at best, of science in Spanish, the language spoken by about 40 million people in the nation. The hundreds of publications and two large TV stations that serve U.S. Latinx audiences in Spanish cover science news inconsistently. Significant shifts, going well beyond translations from English, must... more
La mayoría de las publicaciones en Estados Unidos ofrecen cobertura irregular, si alguna, sobre ciencia en español, el lenguaje hablado por casi 40 millones de personas en la nación. Los cientos de publicaciones y dos grandes estaciones de TV que sirven noticias en español a las audiencias latines en Estados Unidos, cubren temas de ciencia... more
Save the date for a party to celebrate the launch of The Craft of Science Writing! On Thursday, February 13, we'll be celebrating at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, a short distance from the AAAS Annual Meeting. Thank you to the Northwest Science Writers Association for co-sponsoring this event and to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for making... more
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