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Entries open for NASW's Excellence in Institutional Writing Award

The National Association of Science Writers established the Excellence in Institutional Writing Award to recognize high-caliber, publicly accessible science writing produced on behalf of an institution or other non-media organization. Entries close April 20.

Submit a proposal for ScienceWriters2018

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Join us in Washington, D.C., for ScienceWriters2018 with professional development workshops, briefings on scientific research, lab tours, and science field trips. Registration opens in August 2018. Help shape the meeting’s content — submit a session proposal by March 1.

About the Peggy Girshman Idea Grants

Since its inception in 2010, more than $450,000 has been awarded by NASW's Peggy Girshman 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.

Congratulations to the 2018 NASW Travel Fellows to AAAS

Congratulations to the 2018 NASW Travel Fellows to the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, Feb.15-19 in Austin, Texas. These 11 undergraduate students from around the U.S. were selected by the NASW Education Committee from a competitive pool of applicants. Travel fellows will each write a story for publication on the ScienceWriters website and participate in the NASW Mentoring Program and NASW Internship Fair.

Help NASW thrive

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The NASW Membership Committee is currently seeking several new members to help expand membership and improve benefits for existing members.

Announcing the new NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Award

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We're pleased to announce the brand new NASW Excellence in Institutional Writing Award. The award will honor quality, clarity, and effectiveness in institutional science writing produced by staff or freelance writers and carries a cash prize of $2,000.

New benefit for NASW members


As a benefit of NASW's membership in the World Federation of Science Journalists, NASW members may now access the 6 million+ articles in the Wiley Online Library. Visit the journal resource page or read more for access credentials.

NASW Board responds to nonpayment issue

The NASW board sent a letter to a publisher today, Dec. 13. 2017 to weigh in on an example of nonpayment affecting many of our members. Logged-in members may us the "read more" link to view the letter. The NASW Freelance Committee is currently working to find solutions to this problem frequently faced by our freelance members. If you'd like to help in that effort, please email

Student journalists produce 52 reports from WCSJ2017

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Student science writers from around the world have created a set of 52 stories from the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017, spanning most of the meeting's sessions and creating a valuable reference archive for journalists in the U.S. and abroad.

Entries for this year’s Science in Society Journalism Awards are open

Entries for the 2018 Science in Society Journalism Awards are open, and this year's contest features a new category. With cash prizes, no entry fees for members, and submissions open to members and non-members alike, we hope that you enter your best work from this year and encourage your colleagues to enter, too. Entries close Feb. 1, 2018.