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About the NASW Idea Grants

Since its inception in 2010, more than $400,000 has been awarded by NASW's Idea Grants program for projects that benefit science writing and its practitioners. Read more to see a list of all the awardees and their exciting science writing projects.

How the FDA controls news coverage

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Charles Seife takes an in-depth look at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's use of "close-hold embargoes" to manipulate news coverage: "The agency has made it a practice to demand total control over whom reporters can and can't talk to until after the news has broken, deaf to protests by journalistic associations and media ethicists and in violation of its own written policies." Commentary and more background from Ivan Oransky.

Liz Szabo wins 2016 Victor Cohn Prize

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Liz Szabo, whose work as USA Today’s medical reporter combined authoritative breaking-news coverage with dogged investigative journalism, is the recipient of the 2016 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting.

2016 Science in Society Journalism Award winners announced

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Science in Society Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers.

2016-2018 Board election results

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We are pleased to announce the results of the recent NASW elections. The new board will take office on Oct. 28, prior to the ScienceWriters2016 meeting. The current board will continue to serve until then.

Registration for ScienceWriters2016 is open

Registration for ScienceWriters2016, October 28-November 1 at the Omni La Mansion del Rio on the historic River Walk in downtown San Antonio, opens today.

Natalie Wolchover wins Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award

The winner of the 2016 Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists, is Natalie Wolchover, senior writer at Quanta magazine. Wolchover received the award and its $1,000 prize for four stories in Quanta.

NASW Board election candidate statements

Election of the 2016-18 NASW board takes place this year, online or in-person, in September. In addition to four officers, the board consists of 11 members at large. The nominating committee of Melissa Blouin, Richard Harris, Robin Marantz Henig (chair), Virginia Hughes, Rob Irion, Apoorva Mandavilli, and Emily Sohn has assembled an outstanding slate of candidates.

NASW Board statement on the proposed amendment

The Board of the National Association of Science Writers is responsible for the operation and continued well-being of the organization as a whole. That is why we feel a need to weigh in on the sometimes-rancorous debate now underway over the proposed constitutional amendment regarding officer positions, which will come to a vote in the fall. We as a board are unanimous in our opposition to the amendment.

Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review report

The Ad Hoc Committee on Constitutional Review went above and beyond in their service to NASW, producing a report earlier this month that suggests that the organization is at a critical juncture.