On October 29, during the membership meeting, NASW members will be voting on amendments to the bylaws, including a set of revisions stemming from periodic review and an amendment proposed last year by 39 petitioners. Members should review the changes and come prepared to vote. If you are unable to attend, you may register your choices on the proposed amendment and bylaw revisions online, by responding to your individual proxy invitation sent on October 13. Student and honorary members are welcome to attend the membership meeting but may not vote. Read more to review the proposed amendments.
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.
On October 29 NASW members will vote on a proposed amendment to the NASW constitution that would change the qualifications for the positions of president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. A lot of discussion has been prompted by this amendment, and we'd like to give the ongoing conversation a home on the NASW web site so as many people as possible, members and non-members alike, can engage in the discussion about issues that affect our community. Read more for background and to comment.
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.
Therese Walsh uses an interview clip with the actor who played the sadistic Captain Hadley in Shawshank Redemption as a starting point to discuss how some characters are symbols rather than fully formed, sympathetic beings: "Interesting thoughts, no? Narrative as memory play, skewed purposefully to one side because the point-of-view character thinks about another character in black-and-white terms, therefore that character can be portrayed as black and white."
Four cities in Colorado and California have ballot issues to tax sugary drinks, and Tabitha M. Powledge summarizes some surprising sources of support and opposition: "Writing about a new study (free to read) published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Kerry Lauerman reported at To Your Health that nearly 100 health and medical groups have accepted money from Coke and Pepsi." Also, how this ususual election campaign is raising American stress levels.
A recent academic study suggests that newspapers would have been better off sticking with their print editions instead of trying to migrate to the web, Jack Shafer writes: "For years, the standard view in the newspaper industry has been that print newspapers will eventually evolve into online editions and reconvene the mass audience newspapers enjoy there. But that’s not what’s happening." Other views from Steve Buttry, Mathew Ingram, and Benjamin Mullin.
The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) will again sponsor several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting, being held next in Boston. To participate, students must become members of NASW by Feb. 1, 2017. NASW members get free AAAS Newsroom registration.
NASW student members looking for great internships, or news and science organizations looking for top interns, should plan to attend the 2017 NASW Internship Fair. The fair will be held 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston.