Since its inception in 2010, more than $400,000 has been awarded by NASW's Idea Grants program for projects that benefit science writing and its practitioners. Read more to see a list of all the awardees and their exciting science writing projects. Visit www.nasw.org/ideagrants2014 for the latest call for proposals due November 4, 2015.
The winner of the 2015 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is Madhumita Venkataramanan, now head of technology coverage for the Telegraph in London. Venkataramanan received the award and its $1,000 prize for two stories in Wired (“My Identity for Sale” and “Welcome to BrainGate”) and one story for the BBC (“The Superpower Police Now Use to Tackle Crime.”)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel science and medical reporter Mark Johnson, a career newspaper journalist whose work is marked by its scientific breadth, human impact and storytelling verve, is the recipient of the 2015 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.
Several types of travel fellowships are available to ScienceWriters2015. In addition, NASW's travel fellowships have been consolidated and are open to any science writer, editor, publication information officer, or journalism instructor with financial need. Applications due August 25.
Over $11,000 has been awarded to ten recipients in the most recent round of Career Grants offered by the National Association of Science Writers. Open to all established science writers, whether freelancers or employees of publications, universities, or other organizations, the Career Grants award up to $2,500 for projects that aim to increase the overall scope of the person's career opportunities. Through periodic offers since 2009, $100,000 in Career Grant funds have been distributed to help established science writers advance their careers. Read more to see the list of recipients.
Congratulations to the two recipients of the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, Korea June 8-12, 2015: freelance science writers John Cannon, currently based in the Central African Republic, and Jeremy Hsu, based in New York.
The National Association of Science Writers is pleased to announce our fifth round of Career Grants. Since 2009, over $100,000 has been distributed to help established science writers advance their careers. Apply by the end of the day, April 30, 2015.
Free workshop scheduled for May 1 in Baton Rouge. Show Me the Coast 2015 is a practical training in visual storytelling workshop for scientists and science communicators. Funded by an NASW Idea Grant to Louisiana State University, the organizers at the The Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs invite those interested to attend the May 1 event free of charge. To learn more and register, visit showmethecoast2015.wordpress.com.