Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Many writers will at some point write a piece that generates a negative reaction from readers. Sometimes it’s warranted, and was perhaps avoidable; sometimes, as one editor puts it, “people are just jerks.” But tucked into the backlash is often a lesson—whether it’s about boosting your digital security, building out your source list for your next... more
We're thrilled to introduce our newest early-career fellows, Pedro Márquez-Zacarías, María Paula Rubiano A., Abdullahi Tsanni, and Carolyn Wilke. Supported by a generous grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Pedro, María Paula, Abdullahi, and Carolyn will each spend eight months working with individual mentors and the TON editorial team to... more
Cuando un periodista está al acecho de una nueva noticia o reportaje, cada detalle que relata un amigo, cada comunicado de prensa, cada aventura durante las vacaciones y cada noticia local extravagante puede parecer el comienzo de una gran idea para un trabajo periodístico. Pero la mayoría de los destellos de inspiración resultan ser solo eso:... more
In 2018, journalist Disha Shetty embarked on a reporting fellowship covering climate change across India. Over the next six months, she would discover a climate beat teeming with unexpected stories in unexpected places. To do them justice, however, she at times had to wrestle not only with science but with a cumbersome bureaucracy and delicate... more
Vice staff writer Shayla Love was surprised to hear about the first randomized, placebo-controlled trial of a treatment for pedophilia. To learn more about why it had taken so long to reach this milestone, she contacted researchers and reached out to pedophiles who had pledged to never abuse children. Her resulting article provoked outrage. This... more
Thanks to a pool of 25 matching donors, gifts to The Open Notebook made from now through December 31 will be doubled, up to a total of $7,500. At least half of the funds we raise between now and the end of the year will be earmarked for our Spanish translations program, TON en Español. The post Your Gifts to <i>TON</i> Will Be Matched... more
We’re excited to announce that the Science Literacy Foundation has awarded The Open Notebook a $15,000 grant to develop a peer-mentoring network that will connect experienced science journalists with non-specialist reporters and editors who work for local and other general-interest media outlets.  The post Science Literacy Foundation Grant Will... more
In the coronavirus pandemic, journalists all over the world have suffered pay cuts or lost jobs. Those still working have had to figure out how to stay safe. For many, that means working from home. But other reporters have been dispatched to press conferences, hospitals, cemeteries, and wherever else the stories are—with no safety equipment or... more
En la pandemia del coronavirus, periodistas de todo el mundo han sufrido recortes salariales o han perdido puestos de trabajo. Aquellos que todavía trabajan han tenido que descubrir cómo mantenerse a salvo. Para muchos, eso significa trabajar desde casa. Pero otros reporteros han sido enviados a conferencias de prensa, hospitales, cementerios y... more
Many science journalists have not-so-secret second lives in the arts. Some say creative work makes them better journalists. Plus, they find their journalism skills deepen their artistic practice. That said, negotiating the varying norms and demands of different genres can be complex. And it isn’t always easy to find the time to develop this kind... more