NASW Update, Apr. 14, 2011

Going global

Registration is now open for the 2011 World Conference of Science Journalists scheduled for June 27-29 in Doha, Qatar. Read the warm invitation from World Federation of Science Journalists' President Nadia El-Awady at We are also pleased that through the hard work of our international liaison, Deborah Blum, our board members, and others, NASW is content partner for this exciting world conference. NASW members will be attending, include the seven recently selected for the Laura Van Dam Fellowships.

Congratulations to:

  • Lindsay Borthwick, Freelance
  • Sarah Curry, NCI Cancer Bulletin
  • Carolyn Gramling, EARTH magazine
  • Meghan Miner, National Geographic Traveler magazine
  • Angela Posada-Swafford, MUY INTERESANTE magazine
  • Lisa Rossi, Microbicide Trials Network, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brian Vastag, the Washington Post

Each fellow will receive $3,125 to offset the costs of travel. These fellowships are awarded in memory of past NASW President Laura Van Dam, who died in 2006. Laura was a strong supporter of this organization's commitment to international science writing and, in fact, helped organize the group's first meeting in Montreal in 2004. Our goal is not only to encourage ties between NASW and the World Federation as a way of helping the development of our craft around the world, but also to give the selected Van Dam fellows a chance to pursue story opportunities in Qatar and the region, especially at a time when travel budgets are tight for many writers.

General information and a preliminary program for WCSJ2011 can be found at The conference is scheduled for June 27-29, 2011. We hope to see you there!

Printed directory available

To save on printing and postage costs and greatly reduce paper use, we recently introduced an extensive online membership database that is updated in real-time, but you can still find your colleagues in print in the official NASW membership directory: 123 pages, with special membership lists, anniversary lists, alphabetical and geographical directories, selective reverse directory, and a new, flat binding to sit easily on your shelf or desk. (Available to NASW members only).

For the 2010-11 edition only, there is a $10 discount from the regular cost of $22.50, which reflects the long development time needed to establish a secure, print-on-demand ordering process. Data is current as of June 2010. The 2011-2012 edition will be available for delivery in Fall 2011, reflecting data through July 2011 (so be sure your entry is updated!).

Order online at

Are you missing something?

We've heard from a few members who have wondered why they aren't seeing ads from the NASW-jobs list. Sure, the economy is still slow, but there must be something out there, right?

There is, and if you missed it, it may mean your NASW-jobs subscription didn't survive last fall's web site redesign. In most cases, this happened to people who got their job notices at a different address from the one they use for their NASW membership.

The good news: It's easy to fix. Just log into the site and go to the "notifications" tab. If you're already logged in, click on your username at the top right of the page, then go to the notifications tab.

Once you're there, you'll be able to subscribe to NASW-jobs as well as the Words' Worth freelance database and the new membership forum, where members can discuss NASW business in a non-public setting. Soon, NASW-talk and our other discussion lists will also be moving to the web site and you'll be able to subscribe to them on the same page.

April 13, 2011

Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism