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NASW Update, Jan. 17, 2017


Science in Society Journalism Award entries open until Feb. 1

With five categories, cash prizes, no entry fees, an online entry platform, and submissions open to members and non-members alike, we hope that you enter your best work from 2016 and spread the word to your colleagues, friends, and networks. You can even post to your choice of social media outlets from within the entry platform. Entries for the 2017 Science in Society Journalism Awards close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Forward together: Formation of new NASW committees

The proposal to amend the constitution to allow any NASW member to serve as an officer did not pass. But the NASW Board is setting up a new ad hoc advisory committee to propose paths forward.

NASW and CASW launch WCSJ travel fund campaign

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The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing (CASW), in cooperation with NASW, this week launched a new fundraising campaign to provide travel fellowships for international science writers attending the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) scheduled for October 26-30 in San Francisco.

Diane McGurgan Service Award winner

Lynne Lamberg

The winner of the 2016 Diane McGurgan Service Award is longtime NASW volunteer Lynne Lamberg, as announced by president Laura Helmuth on October 29 during ScienceWriters2016.

Results of October 29 membership votes

Thank you to the 700 members who took the time to participate in the recent votes on the NASW bylaws. The final vote, shown below, is that the general housekeeping updates to the bylaws overwhelmingly passed. The proposed Article IV amendment, which would have allowed any NASW member to be an officer, did not pass. The most important takeaway, however, is not which option prevailed, but how close the margin was.

Call for volunteers for the Grants Committee

Hey, Science Writers: Are you looking to make a substantive impact on the your colleagues' careers and the field of science writing? Want to work with the fun, dynamic Grants Committee and help with this rewarding volunteer work?

NASW Internship Fair at AAAS 2017

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NASW student members looking for great internships, or news and science organizations looking for top interns, should plan to attend the 2017 NASW Internship Fair. The fair will be held 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston.

NASW Internship Fair interview details

NASW student programs at AAAS 2017

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The National Association of Science Writers (NASW) will again sponsor several exciting programs for student journalists during the AAAS meeting, being held next in Boston. To participate, students must become members of NASW by Jan. 27, 2017. NASW members get free AAAS Newsroom registration, which is now open.

ScienceWriters2016 Travel Fellows

Together with the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, our partners in these ScienceWriters conferences, and DiverseScholar, a former Idea Grant recipient that’s found ongoing support for its project, we are pleased to announce the ScienceWriters2016 travel fellows:

Liz Szabo wins 2016 Victor Cohn Prize

Liz Szabo

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.