Desk Notes Newsletter, April 17, 2019

Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
April 17, 2019 – Vol. 1, No. 4

Big wheels keep on turning 

Volunteers help keep the wheels turning at NASW. President Siri Carpenter shares a sampling of what our committees have been working on over the past few months and what it means for you.


A LegalEye for federal court cases

Charles Seife has been awarded an $18,000 Peggy Girshman Idea Grant to develop LegalEye, an automated research service that will help journalists find new lawsuits that are relevant to their beats and notify them of developments in interesting cases. The service will be offered free to NASW members.


Help support NASW by shopping on Amazon through our dedicated link (don't forget to add it to your bookmarks!). You'll get the same shopping experience and prices, but a small portion of your purchase prices go to NASW. 

NASW releases Information Access Standards

The new standards encourage the transparent exchange of information about science and technology generated, funded, or used by government entities. Journalists can refer to them when having difficulty gaining access to sources or information; PIOs can use them to support efforts to provide greater access to agency sources and information. 


Meet a new member

Prabarna Ganguly, a science writer at NIH/National Human Genome Research Institute and a new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A.


#Scicomm in SoCal

Spurred by an NASW Idea Grant for its inaugural conference in 2018, the SoCal Science Writing Symposium will hold its second event on May 18 at the University of Southern California.

Freelancers have a name for endless rounds of edits: scope creep. Read how it happens in CJR.
Slow down, read up. Nieman Lab explains why slow journalism is gaining in popularity. 

The sweet spot

The Open Notebook’s Peeps diorama contest has come to an end (Rest In Peeps!). Siri Carpenter, editor-in-chief, talks about using marshmallow treats to get people excited about science.


Advance Copy 

NASW authors detail their journey to publishing a book in Advance Copy, a column by NASW book editor Lynne Lamberg.

Explore local news habits in your city with this new interactive tool from Pew Research Center.
Get #scicomm editing tips and tools from the University of Illinois and "Amplify the Signal" workshop.


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Apr. 17, 2019

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