Desk Notes Newsletter, January 19, 2022


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
January 19, 2022 – Vol. 4, No. 1

Apply for a Peggy Girshman Idea Grant

NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups for grants of up to $15,000 to support projects and programs that will help science writers in their professional lives and/or benefit the field of science writing.

It's time to renew your membership for 2022. For members who are experiencing extreme financial distress, we are again offering a hardship rate of $55. If you are in need, renewing at the hardship rate is as simple as selecting the option. Thank you for your continued involvement with NASW!

NASW welcomes applicants for Affiliate Membership

Following a 2021 vote of the membership, NASW has created a new membership category: Affiliate Membership. Affiliate Membership is open to anyone interested in science writing who does not fit the requirements for either Professional or Student membership. Establishing this category ensures there is a place at NASW for individuals who have a strong personal interest in science writing as a profession and who pledge to uphold the aims and mission of our organization. Please share with your networks!


Calling students, mentors, editors ...

NASW is sponsoring two virtual programming options for students to coincide with the AAAS 2022 annual meeting: a mentoring program and an internship fair/editor meet & greet. In support of these experiences, we’re seeking NASW members who would like to volunteer as mentors as well as editors looking to recruit motivated interns.


Enter our #SciWriAwards

Our Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards honor high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced for non-media organizations. Our Science in Society Journalism Awards recognize investigative or interpretive reporting about the sciences and their impact on society. Submit your best work by Feb. 1.


Meet a new member

Vishva Nalamalapu, a science writer at Grinnell College and a new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A.


Sharon Begley Award

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is accepting entries for the Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award. The Award comprises a career prize, recognizing the accomplishments of a mid-career science journalist, and a grant of at least $20,000 to enable the winner to undertake a significant reporting project.

Thinking about going freelance? Get tips from former journalism students who have chosen to freelance, along with advice from professors and freelancing experts, in this article at
Inclusive science communication (ISC) centers on the values of inclusion, equity, and intersectionality. Get resources in a new ISC Starter Kit from The Metcalf Institute and collaborators.

Revisit #SciWri21

New year, new career goals? #SciWri21 attendees can watch recordings of most meeting sessions within the Whova app until April 2022.

Access Whova

Read Advance Copy

In Law and Policy for the Quantum Age, Chris Hoofnagle and NASW member Simson Garfinkel explain how quantum technologies work, explore potential benefits and challenges for nations and individuals, and urge making public policy decisions now. Read how the book came to fruition in Advance Copy, a column by Lynne Lamberg. 

Can U.S. journalism truly serve global audiences? And what would a truly global media company look like? Explore these concepts in this article from NiemanLab.
Having multiple stories underway simultaneously can feel overwhelming. Writers share apps and software platforms that can help in this article at The Open Notebook.
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January 19, 2022

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