Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

CASW Periscope

Data journalism is the practice of using numbers and trends to tell a story. It requires a variety of skills: research to find the correct dataset, analysis to determine what kind of story this dataset may tell, and presentation to share that story with readers. And these skills are within reach for many science writers, even without any... more
The Open Notebook está aquí con una guía sobre cómo leer un artículo científico. Estos consejos y trucos funcionarán si estás cubriendo la pandemia de Covid-19, biología del desarrollo o la exploración del espacio. La clave es familiarizarse con el marco en el que los científicos describen sus descubrimientos y no ahogarte en los detalles... more
Sources often ask to see quotes or drafts before publication to ensure that their work is accurately represented and that the opinions they’ve given don’t reflect poorly on them. But even when well intentioned, most journalists agree these requests usually can’t be accommodated without a breach of integrity. As such, navigating these... more
In May, BuzzFeed News reporter Stephanie Lee broke a massive story based on a whistleblower complaint, filed with Stanford University, criticizing the researchers behind a controversial study on COVID-19 antibody testing. The lengthy document revealed that JetBlue’s founder, a known critic of ongoing economic shutdowns, had financially backed the... more
“Tell stories like you’re writing for Tony Fauci’s aunt.” That advice from my first mentor, A.J. Hostetler, has stuck with me for more than 20 years. And these days it comes to mind whenever I see Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in the news talking about coronavirus. “It’s my first law of science... more
Anyone who decides to switch from a traditional career in the sciences or in medicine to science writing may find the uncertainty of such a prospect daunting. It’s no secret that science writing is seldom a path to riches. But immigrants and children of immigrants often have an added burden: having to convince our parents that science writing is... more
En la prisa por difundir sus hallazgos sobre COVID-19, los científicos publican cada vez más manuscritos preliminares de sus estudios en la web antes de que sus colegas verifiquen la calidad de sus documentos. Estos son los pasos que los periodistas pueden tomar para decidir si cubrirlos o no, y cómo cubrir estas investigaciones no revisadas. The... more
Science journalists know the value of a good headline, lede, and nutgraf. But a striking image is just as capable of pulling readers into your story. You don’t need to be a professional photojournalist to create strong images to accompany your stories. All you need is a DSLR camera, curiosity, and courage. (Those last two go without saying—you’re... more