Since its inception in 2010, more than $350,000 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.
Welcome to the NASW Marketing and Publishing Resource. These articles aim to help NASW members take advantage of the new opportunities for marketing and publishing their articles and books, whether they self-publish or work with a commercial publisher.
The Words' Worth database is a place for NASW members to report their own experiences with freelancing clients and find valuable information from other members about what they did, what they charged, and how it went — information that can help you improve your business.
The latest round of journalistic shoplifting prompts this Jack Shafer post: "Plagiarism is not a crime against the journalists whose passages have been stolen. It’s a crime against readers, who have every right to believe that journalists vouch for the copy they serve … Disdain the plagiarist because he traffics in the counterfeit. His greatest crime is wasting your time." More from Margaret Sullivan, Dan Duray.
Ann Friedman has noticed something peculiar about the pitches she gets from public relations professionals: "The job of producing hard-hitting, democracy-protecting journalism is still, statistically speaking, the domain of men. Most newsrooms are more than 60 percent men, whereas 73 to 85 percent of PR professionals are women, depending on how you tally it." Friedman attributes the disparity to the lingering "stereotype that public relations is not a serious job."
Inside Climate News won a Pulitzer for its environmental reporting, but that award doesn't seem to matter to the Environmental Protection Agency. Lisa Song and Jim Morris write about the refusal of top EPA officials to speak on the record: "Our problems with the EPA are not unusual. Earlier this month, 38 journalism and communications organizations wrote a joint letter to President Obama urging him to put 'an end to this restraint on communication in federal agencies.'"
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The time has come to make your choices for the fifteen 2014-2016 NASW officers and board members. Please take the time to meet the candidates by reading the full article, clicking here for a PDF with photos and bios, or perusing the summer issue of ScienceWriters magazine arriving this month in your mailbox. You can cast your ballot online or in person. The week of July 28, all NASW members (except students) will receive a personal email invitation to the online voting system. If you prefer to vote in person plan to join us in New York City on Tuesday, August 26, for a meeting and social event.
Beth Macy reviews the process of writing her just-released book, Factory Man, including the two weeks she she spent in the "corn crib:" "My goal had been to write a business book that did not read like a business book — something that my octogenarian mom could read in order to finally understand why so many of the once-thriving factory towns she grew up in, and near, now look like ghost towns, with soaring rates of disability, food insecurity and underemployment."
Tabitha M. Powledge writes about CRISPR, a new "natural" genetic engineering method that is touted as being more acceptable to anti-GMO activists. Powledge has her doubts: "It’s hard to imagine they will be converted to the cause of genetic modification because the methodology is based loosely on a technique bacteria evolved billions of years ago." Also, did a leading anti-GMO activist really publish a hit list of prominent science writers?