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From ScienceWriters: Amending tax returns

An accommodating Internal Revenue Service makes it relatively easy to correct mistakes on previous returns without the need to completely redo the returns or go through any complicated red tape. From the Winter 2011-12 ScienceWriters.

Time for change in science journalism?

Competition with Internet blogs could stir science journalists in traditional media to correct systemic faults in science reporting, says John Rennie. An excerpt from the Spring 2011 issue of ScienceWriters.

Authorship has rewards beyond royalties

Dennis Meredith

Dennis Meredith writes that Explaining Research and Working with Public Information Officers are making him more money through workshops and speaking engagements than from sales. Meredith, who created the Marketing and publishing resource on the ScienceWriters web site, offers advice on promotion and self-publishing in the Spring 2011 issue of ScienceWriters magazine, free to NASW members.

New books by members and others

Reviews and "buy now" links for eight new books have been posted in the ScienceWriters Bookstore, including the story of a renegade physician named Jean Denis, who transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen in 1867 and was charged with murder, and two works on global climate change. Use the search box on the Bookstore page to buy these books or anything sold at Your purchases through this site help fund NASW programs and services.

Now available: Spring 2011 ScienceWriters

The Spring 2011 issue of ScienceWriters is now available for downloading in PDF format in the members area. Included is a story in which author Dennis Meredith shares his cash flow report. Also, the differences between science and journalism; lower self-employment taxes for 2011; and how science blogs could improve traditional science reporting.

A peek inside The Open Notebook

The philosophy behind The Open Notebook web site: Despite the shifting marketplace for science journalism, expert craftsmanship still matters. The ability to recognize and sell important stories, ask incisive questions about complex subjects, and tell accurate, compelling stories — on shorter deadlines and with fewer reporting and editorial resources than ever before — is more vital than ever to success.

The science beat: Riding a wave, going somewhere

About four and a half years ago I became a different kind of science writer. My beat went from writing about science to writing about other science writers. Monday through Friday I’m up before dawn, blogging by about 7 a.m., and at around noon I send off from my home in California a compilation of impressions of what I’ve found in breaking news and occasionally in feature writing.

Now available: Winter 2010-11 ScienceWriters

The Winter 2010-11 issue of ScienceWriters is now available for downloading in PDF format in the members area. Included are coverage of NASW's 2011 Annual Meeting in New Haven, Conn., NASW's 75th anniversary and CASW's 50th; a brief history of science journalism; a one-time tax break on medical insurance for the self-employed; and a writer's experience in Virginia Tech's visiting scholar program. NASW member login and password required.

Training teenagers as science journalists

It was not Cathy Farrar's goal to transform her high school physics students into science journalists — at least not at first. She just wanted to encourage them to enter a writing contest.

Moving from staff to freelance

Leaving my last job was easy: I got laid off, along with 104 other Time Inc. employees. My boss called with the news on the morning of my 45th birthday. Like so many other journalists, I had finally acquired enough experience and seniority to make myself unaffordable.