Desk Notes Newsletter, November 20, 2019


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
November 20, 2019 – Vol. 1, No. 11

It's a wrap

Thank you to everyone who attended October’s ScienceWriters2019 meeting at Penn State University. From finding diverse sources to exploring writers’ conflicts of interest, our NASW Travel Fellows covered many of the professional development workshops. 


Mark your calendars: Entries for NASW’s Excellence in Institutional Writing Awards and Science in Society Journalism Awards will be accepted Dec. 1 through Feb. 1.

McGurgan Award goes to Chakradhar and Smart

Each year, NASW recognizes a volunteer or volunteers who go beyond the call of duty with its Diane McGurgan Service Award. Shraddha Chakradhar and Ashley Smart, who co-chaired the Diversity Committee from 2016-2019, are this year’s recipients.


Apply by Friday, Nov. 22 for a Peggy Girshman Idea Grant. Idea Grants support projects and programs that benefit the field of science writing. Learn more.

Meet NASW's newest board member

Jennifer Cox, who recently retired as a science writer and communications director at North Carolina State University, has been elected to the NASW Board as a board-member-at-large. She shares more about herself and her career in this Q&A.


Thank you to all who voted on two proposed amendments to NASW’s constitution and bylaws in our recent special election. Read about the outcome.

Opportunities for #SciWriStudents at AAAS

NASW is sponsoring several exciting programs for student journalists during the 2020 AAAS meeting, set for Feb. 13-16 in Seattle. Applications for student travel fellowships are due Dec. 1.



NASW issues open letter to Congress

In a letter dated Nov. 15, the NASW Board, working with the Information Access Committee, calls on Congress to enact legislation that protects federal scientists’ right to communicate freely with the media and public.


Meet a new NASW member

Scott Michaux, a research writer at Georgia State University and a new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A.

Erika Check Hayden shares why more inclusive science journalism is better science journalism in this piece in Undark
Science News has been publishing science journalism for nearly a century. This FAQ explains the processes behind its journalism.

Would you like to host a PIO workshop?

NASW’s PIO Committee is seeking proposals from members interested in hosting, planning, organizing and conducting a regional workshop focused on professional development and networking for PIOs.


David Perlman receives AGU recognition

Congratulations to former NASW President David Perlman on receiving the 2019 AGU Presidential Citation for Science and Society.

Kate Horowitz explores the pros and cons of writing about your disability or illness in this piece in The Open Notebook
When journalists delete tweets, they may be erasing the first draft of history, assert the authors of this article in Columbia Journalism Review.


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