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Regular memberships are for working journalists, authors, editors, producers, public information officers, science-writing educators, and people who write and produce films, museum exhibits, and other material intended to inform the public about science and technology. Applicants for regular membership are required to submit five samples of work (content should be science) produced for a non-expert audience in the past five years. Clips must include the publication or airing dates for each entry. Also required are the names of two NASW members willing to endorse the application. If you need to find sponsors, try searching our Find a writer section or asking in one of our public discussion groups. Sponsors are responsible for briefly reviewing a candidate's qualifications and clips and sending a short paragraph (3-4 sentences will suffice) outlining the applicants qualifications to email@example.com. Applicants are responsible for contacting sponsors. More information can be found on the application.
Student memberships are for those who are currently enrolled in journalism or science programs, or who are serving as reporters or editors at school newspapers. Student membership is a one-time option and may be renewed only once. After that, student members may apply to become regular members. Once a student has become a regular member, he or she cannot return to student status in the event of further matriculation.