Desk Notes Newsletter, September 18, 2019


Desk Notes
News from the National Association of Science Writers
September 18,  2019 – Vol. 1, No. 9

Who's running in our special midterm election?

NASW’s Nominating Committee has put forward three candidates to fill a midterm vacancy on the NASW board. Read what inspired them to run and watch your inboxes around October 10 for instructions on how to vote in person or online.



Congratulations #SciWri19 Travel Fellows

Ten professionals and three graduate students have been selected for NASW Travel Fellowships to attend ScienceWriters2019. The recipients each receive up to $1,000 to cover the costs of attending the meeting.


Sessions are filling up fast for ScienceWriters2019 in State College, Pennsylvania. Register today. If you're a student or early career professional, don’t forget to sign up for our #SciWriMentoring session to be matched with seasoned colleagues for advice and networking.


New Diversity Committee chairs step up

Following in the footsteps of Shraddha Chakradhar and Ashley Smart, Jane Lee and Rodrigo Pérez Ortega will serve as the next co-chairs of NASW’s Diversity Committee. They’ll support existing programs and bring new ideas to make NASW a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive professional community.


Are you a freelancer attending a scientific meeting? NASW urges conference organizers to accept NASW membership as a sufficient credential for granting press privileges. Read our statement.


Will AB 5 impact California freelancers? 

A coalition of trade organizations that support freelance creatives was successful in its efforts to protect California freelancers in Assembly Bill 5 and the Dynamex decision.


Meet a new member

Kimberly Yavorski, a Philadelphia-based freelance writer and a new addition to the NASW community, shares #WhySciWri in this short Q&A. 

Wondering what to expect when you’re expecting as a freelancer? The Open Notebook explores.
People avoid consuming news that bums them out. NiemanLab presents five elements that help them see a solution.


Don’t know what a p-value is?

Afraid to ask? Christie Aschwanden, journalist and author, and Valentin Amrhein, professor at the University of Basel, shared resources on how to judge statistical results at #WCSJ19.


Find a regional group

Regional science writers groups offer NASW members a year-round community beyond our annual conference.

FOIA helps journalists obtain information the public has a right to know. Learn how The New York Times uses it.
Have you faced online harassment? The Committee to Protect Journalists offers some tips.


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