ScienceWriters Magazine, Winter/Spring 2021

Human connections in a virtual space

With the exception of 2017’s World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco, October's virtual #SciWri20 event was our largest meeting to date, attracting many first time, international, and budget-conscious participants. NASW’s opening plenary sessions focused on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our field, and covering sexual harassment in academia.

February 9, 2021



From the Director

I am so proud of our volunteers and members who have stepped in to offer support to each other and the field in these difficult times. Their efforts have enabled NASW to offer new programs that respond to the evolving needs of the community.


Member Updates

The NASW community celebrates the career milestones and continuing adventures of its professional and student members. Each issue, we share a roundup of awards, promotions, new jobs, travels, retirements, and other transitions of science writers in our community.

Regional Groups

ScienceWriters conferences may only happen once a year, but NASW members can find community in a regional science writers group all year round. These local professional networks—organized independently of NASW but often led by NASW members—provide exciting opportunities for bonding, learning, and sharing our common love for science writing.

Advance Copy

For this column, NASW book editor Lynne Lamberg asks NASW authors to tell how they came up with the idea for their book, developed a proposal, found an agent and publisher, funded and conducted research, and put the book together.

ScienceWriters magazine

ScienceWriters magazine is devoted to reporting and commentary on issues in science journalism and communications, and to the special interests of members of the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). Issues are produced twice yearly. Read a sample issue.

Redesigned in 2019, the new ScienceWriters is equal parts newswire, business journal, and alumni magazine, and features vibrant colors, fresh typefaces, and original illustrations. The updated layout includes familiar departments, like member news and regional happenings, alongside new sections that highlight the benefits of NASW membership and trusted tools of our trade.

ScienceWriters is currently edited by Ben Young Landis, assistant executive director of NASW. Previously, Sarah Nightingale edited the publication from 2019 to 2022. Lynne Friedmann served as editor for 18 years prior, and Howard Lewis was editor for 17 years before that. Other previous editors include Barbara Culliton, Mark Bloom, and Jerry Bishop.

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