Desk Notes Newsletter, March 16, 2022


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
March 16, 2022 – Vol. 4, No. 3

NASW finds journalists still face hurdles

Coinciding with Sunshine Week, a survey undertaken by NASW's Information Access committee finds that journalists continue to face hurdles when reporting on federal agencies and seeking access to government scientists and experts.



One more day for #SciWri22 proposals

Drive the content that you want to see by submitting a virtual or in-person session proposal by the end of the day, March 17. ScienceWriters2022 in-person sessions are scheduled for October 21-25 in Memphis. Virtual sessions will happen outside the time range so that attendees can choose in-person, virtual, or both.


Virtual #SciWriBooks event on March 23

Most books in today’s publishing markets are sold by literary agents. Yet, finding one to represent a first-time author can be difficult, stressful, and disheartening. Non-fiction books require a proposal and a query letter, but how do you put these together if you have never done it before? NASW member Lina Zeldovich has organized a free event for all members "Finding and working with agents...or not" scheduled for Wednesday, March 23 at Noon ET.


Special #SciWriCoffee guest

The March 29 #SciWriCoffee for caregivers will feature special guest Melinda Wenner Moyer, an NASW member and author of "How to Raise Kids Who Aren't Assholes." These monthly, one-hour virtual meet-ups are a chance for any child caregiver who’s an NASW member to network, share experiences, and get support. Many thanks to members Carmen Drahl and Karen Blum for organizing these meet-ups!



Students cover AAAS

A record 75 students from across the U.S. and around the world signed up for the 2022 edition of the NASW Mentoring Program during the AAAS Annual Meeting in February. We offer huge thanks to the 100 volunteers who worked with the students as editors, mentors, or both. Check out the students' coverage of AAAS in our NASW Student Newsroom.

Have time to do a little reading of the best in science writing?  NASW's Awards committee is looking for volunteers to assist in judging. Sign up.
The World Federation of Science Journalists is mapping the views of science journalists around the globe. Take the survey.

Volunteers Needed

The Diversity Committee is growing and in need of additional members. At NASW, we believe the efforts to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility should infuse all programs and projects, and we believe it should be the work of all members. We encourage interested members to join in the important work being done by the Diversity Committee.

Entries are open for The Open Notebook's 2022 science-themed
Peeps diorama contest. #PeepYourScience by March 21.
Are you interested in running for the NASW board? Don't forget to let the Nominating Committee know by March 24. Learn more here.
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A few regular features are missing from this month's DeskNotes. Have no fear  - they will return with the debut of a new digital and print editor in a few months!
Yours truly,


March 16, 2022

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