Science journalism resources

Reporting new developments in science to the general public can be one of the most exciting and fascinating “beats” in journalism. Science reporters have had the privilege of covering some of the most momentous events in human history. In the 21st century, science is the driver of progress and of controversy on many fronts—especially in medicine, environment, and technology. Journalists play a critical role in interpreting science and holding it accountable as a powerful institution.

Furthermore, science and technology play a part in almost every contemporary human story. A writer skilled at asking good questions about science and interpreting technical facts well can make a valuable contribution to civic dialogue anywhere in the world.

Here are a few resources for science writers and science communicators.

CASW Showcase

CASW created Showcase, a rich curated collection of award-winning science journalism, as a tool for inspiration and self-education. For a deep dive into how award-winning writers do their work, the site includes Storygrams, annotations of great stories by professional writers, examining just what makes great science writing so compelling. CASW Showcase also includes an extensive list of science writing career resources.

Professional organizations

Keep up to date by joining one or more professional organizations involved in science writing in the U.S. and internationally. Meet local colleagues by joining a regional science writing group.

The Open Notebook

The Open Notebook (TON) is a nonprofit organization that provides tools and resources to help science, environmental, and health journalists at all experience levels sharpen their skills. Explore TON’s “collections” of articles and subscribe to articles and newsletters. For beginning writers, we recommend “Getting Started in Science Journalism” and “Using Narrative to Tell Science Stories.”

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