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Desk Notes Newsletter, April 20, 2022


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
April 20, 2022 – Vol. 4, No. 4
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NASW is hosting a source audit workshop

On Monday, May 9, NASW will host a virtual workshop on source tracking. We'll make the case for why source diversity and tracking is important for journalists and journalism and offer tools for getting started, whether you freelance or work for an organization. Registration is free for all NASW members and opens on April 27.


Questions on contract and copyright law?

Are you a writer or creator with questions on contract clauses? Interested in learning about how to avoid copyright grabs? All NASW members are invited to attend the Creators Conference on Wednesday, May 11. This online event is free and registration is open now. Special thanks to NASW Board Member Kendall Powell who assisted in the planning with our colleagues in other Authors Coalition member groups.


#SciWriThrive is taking a summer break

As in-person encounters return, NASW's semimonthly peer support group is taking a summer hiatus while we develop new online and in-person initiatives to help members find solidarity in the professional and personal challenges we share. Huge thanks to Andrew Meissen, who brought his idea for a member network to fruition in 2021 with the support of Jennifer Welsh and board members Kendall Powell and Erin Ross and lead the network for the last year. The last meet-up of the season will be Tuesday, April 26.


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NASW director joins Trainers Council

The nonprofit organization Freedom Forum has invited National Association of Science Writers executive director Tinsley Davis to serve on the Trainers Council of its Power Shift Project. Tinsley joins 15 other media industry leaders from print, radio, and television, as well as journalism schools and associations. Launched in 2018, the Power Shift Project is a journalism industry initiative seeking to improve the diversity, equity, and culture of news organizations. Check out an upcoming free learning opportunity below.


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Join more than 400 Workplace Integrity trainers and help improve newsroom culture. Apply for the FREE May 3-4 training.
Several NASW committees are looking for new members. Check out the opportunities at
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Are you a mid-career journalist? Apply by April 30 for the Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award, a $20,000 grant.
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Did you miss the March 23 #SciWriBook event "Finding and working with agents...or not?" Watch the video.
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A few regular features are missing from this month's DeskNotes. Have no fear  - they will return very soon with the debut of a new digital and print editor!
Yours truly,


April 20, 2022

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