Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

The steps to becoming an editor may not seem clear, especially to the early-career writer. But while many people fall into an editing role, it can pay off to be proactive. Editing work can bump up a journalist’s pay and provide a route to career advances. Though paths to editing may not typically be linear, they often involve writers expressing... more
Muchos reporteros científicos se inician en otras áreas de cobertura periodística, incluidas el crimen, los negocios, la moda o la política. Pero la ciencia toca todos los aspectos de la vida, por lo que no es extraño que muchos de ellos digan que las habilidades que desarrollaron esas especializaciones los ha preparado mejor —y a veces los ha... more
Companies and institutions often use strategies to intimidate and discredit reporters after a hard-hitting piece is published. This is always stressful, but journalists who know what’s coming can prepare and protect themselves. The post How to Deal with Pushback on an Investigative Story appeared first on The Open Notebook.
Since the start of the pandemic, data journalists have had the difficult task of tracking massive amounts of inconsistent, ever-changing information around the coronavirus and wrangling it into visually appealing, digestible designs—on deadline. Here, four data journalists covering COVID-19 discuss the most challenging aspects of the gig and... more
In the push for diversity, transgender people are often left out. Whether in stories about trans issues or general science, the language and sources writers use often harm trans people unintentionally. Becoming a trans-inclusive journalist can be difficult, but it is not only possible—it’s necessary to create a profession and a world that... more
La mayoría de los periodistas estarán de acuerdo en que aprender a reportear adecuadamente sobre las noticias científicas lleva tiempo, pero a medida que las noticias sobre la pandemia de COVID-19 continúan dominando los titulares, ahora es un trabajo que muchos reporteros deben aprender rápidamente. Para ayudar a los nuevos periodistas... more
Sabrina Imbler is a freelance science writer and essayist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in ,Atlas Obscura, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Gay Magazine, and others. Her chapbook about volcanoes, Dyke (geology), is out with Black Lawrence Press, and her essay collection about sea creatures is forthcoming with Little, Brown... more
We are now accepting applications for the next two rounds of The Open Notebook/Burroughs Wellcome Fund fellowship for early-career science writers. The application deadline is October 25, 2020. The post Call for Proposals for Early-Career Science Journalism Fellowship appeared first on The Open Notebook.
Want to get started honing your data journalism skills? Betsy Ladyzhets and The Open Notebook have collaborated with Workbench, a free web application developed at the Columbia Journalism School, to develop two science-data tutorials. In each, users are given sample datasets from public scientific sources and led through the process of narrowing... more
We’re delighted to announce that The Kavli Foundation has awarded The Open Notebook a $48,000 grant to expand and deepen the craft resources we offer to the science writing community. With Kavli’s support, we’ll develop, over the next year, a series of several email mini-courses that cover various aspects of the craft of science writing. The post... more