Desk Notes Newsletter, June 19, 2019


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
June 19, 2019 – Vol. 1, No. 6

NASW Board seeks applicants

Are you interested in contributing your time and talents to help support the professional interests of science writers nationally and globally? Consider running for a seat on NASW’s Board of Directors during this special midterm election.


Long live short science writing

Diana Crow and Anne Berlin have received a $2,200 Peggy Girshman Idea Grant to expand "The Best Shortform Science Writing Project," a curated roundup of excellent short science writing pieces in a variety of genres. 


What are the biggest barriers to doing high-impact science journalism?

NASW's newly formed Journalism Committee is seeking several volunteers to identify and act on ways of broadening and deepening NASW's service to the cause of journalism and help develop new resources for science journalists.


Looking for more visibility? NASW's Find a Writer tool allows editors and publishers to find your website and send you a message without exposing your email address. Click on your NASW username and follow the directions in the "member directory data" tab to enable this feature. 

Congratulations to our Diversity Fellows

NASW’s Diversity Committee is pleased to introduce Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Helen Santoro, and Anuradha Varanasi as recipients of our 2019 Diversity Fellowships. As fellows, Pérez Ortega, Santoro and Varanasi will each receive $5,000 to help defray the costs associated with completing a summer internship as well as a one-year membership to NASW.


We need your photos! ScienceWriters magazine has a new look and we’d love to include photos of your far-flung reporting expeditions, internship experiences, career milestones, regional events, book fairs, awards receptions, and more. Share them here.

Are you a young science writer?

Science journalists 30 and younger can earn recognition for their writing by applying for CASW’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists. The winner will receive $1,000 and expenses to attend #SciWri19 in State College, Pa.


Get to know a new member

Nicoletta Lanese, a freelance science journalist and new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A. 

Publishers worldwide are installing paywalls, but many won’t succeed, reports Nieman Lab.
Are you looking to build a high-revenue writing business? Get some tips from this article in Forbes.

'Amplify the Signal' is on YouTube

Did you miss "Amplify the Signal," a #SciComm conference in Illinois supported by an NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant? Talks covered study design, the science of fake news, and why storytelling matters in science.


New Horizons program director wanted

CASW is looking for an enthusiastic, organized, and experienced science writer to curate and produce its New Horizons in Science briefings, part of the annual ScienceWriters conference.

Non-profit news is the fastest growing slice of the news landscape. Find out how to navigate it in this CJR article.
Science writing is a great place to build expertise in a niche area of research. But how? The Open Notebook explores.


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Jun. 19, 2019

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