Desk Notes Newsletter, May 15, 2019


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
May 15, 2019 – Vol. 1, No. 5

Science writing by storytelling

Everyone loves a good story, so give your readers (and editors) what they’re looking for by brushing up on your narrative writing skills. Supported by a 2018 Peggy Girshman Idea Grant, Elizabeth Pennisi and David Malakoff hosted a “Science Writing by Storytelling Master Class” on Feb. 18-19 following the AAAS meeting in Washington, D.C. A video and related resources are on our website. 


What’s in store for ScienceWriters2019

This year's professional development program will tackle diversity, with a plenary session about broadening science writers' sourcing and a workshop on inclusion among science writer ranks. Other workshops will cover a range of topics of increasing importance to science writers, evergreen concerns, and fun new approaches to storytelling.


Looking for grants and fellowships? Find these and other funding opportunities for science writers in NASW's Funding Sources database.

Improv your way to better #scicomm

Katherine Mast, Allison Mills, and Phil Weaver-Stoesz have been awarded a $4,900 Peggy Girshman Idea Grant to host an improv workshop designed to help science writers become better storytellers. A condensed version of the workshop will also be offered at ScienceWriters2019.


Meet a new member

Tim Bonfield, senior associate, marketing and communications, at Cincinnati Children’s, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A. 


Apply for the Bricker Award

The Bricker Award for Science Writing in Medicine includes a $3,000 honorarium, travel expenses for an annual lectureship at Houston Methodist, and airfare and registration to attend NASW's annual meeting or another prominent meeting related to science writing.

Americans are smart about science (and educating them won’t solve political problems), asserts this piece in FiveThirtyEight.
How a questionnaire helped this writer tell the story of food insecurity in Louisville, via USC's Center for Health Journalism.


Advance Copy

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


Reporting back from SciComm South

From the goals of solutions journalism to balancing access with revenue streams and engaging millennials in science news, it was all covered at the second SciComm South conference. SciComm South got its start last year with support from an NASW Peggy Girshman Idea Grant.

Freelance investigative reporting may not be easy, but it’s possible, according to this post on AHCJ's Covering Health blog.
In this piece at The Open Notebook, Kendra Pierre-Louis talks about navigating the newsroom as a minority. 


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May. 15, 2019

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