Make your choices for the fifteen 2016-2018 NASW officers and board members. Meet the candidates by clicking on their names below for candidate statements, clicking here or perusing the summer issue of ScienceWriters magazine arriving this month in your mailbox. You can cast your ballot in one of two ways: by registering your choices and designating a proxy online or voting in person.
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.
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.
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.
Kendall Powell interviews Jessica Wapner about her reporting in the drug-ravaged town of Austin, Indiana: "It wasn’t easy to find people who were actively using drugs. During my first few days there I spoke with a lot of people, but none who were actively using drugs, even though most people knew someone who was suffering from addiction or who had died from an overdose. The nurses running the needle exchange let me accompany them in their car on the Friday I was there."
News arrived last week that the nearest neighbor to our Sun, the red dwarf Proxima Centauri, is orbited by a rocky planet that might have liquid water. But Tabitha M. Powledge warns that you might not like to live there: "Proxima b is semi-sorta Earth size, minimum 1.3 Earth’s mass, and probably rocky like Earth. But in almost every other way, Proxima b cannot reasonably be called Earthlike. For example, the planet’s year is only a little more than 11 Earth days long."
Catherine Sheffo talks to Sean Mussenden of the Capital News Service and collects 10 tips for using data in reporting: "The first few hours of most data projects should involve cleaning up the data to make sure it’s usable, Mussenden said. He recommends running spreadsheets through an Internet-based, open-source tool such as OpenRefine to weed out any small discrepancies within fields (e.g. ATT and AT&T in an employer field)." Also, the dangers of data blinders.
It's a mistake to think of taxes as a once-a-year affliction caused by the need to grapple with 1040 forms or to assemble records for a paid tax preparer. Federal and state tax planning needs to be a year-round concern on par with ongoing business and personal financial planning.
William Germano defends the first-person object pronoun against grammar pedants: "There’s something about me that makes people uncomfortable, and something about I that reassures. Linguists, who have the technical knowledge I lack, can describe the problem more precisely. Yet the resistible rise of the first-person singular pronoun sounds like a social one: Many speakers, insecure about grammatical Rules, default to what sounds formal, and me ain’t sounding formal enough."