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From ScienceWriters: How journalists can navigate privacy laws

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Most journalists who cover health or education struggle to obtain government records and data that are vital to our stories and have compelling public interest. While some agencies are reasonably accommodating, others exploit every loophole or gray area in the law to deny public records requests.

From ScienceWriters: When towns lose newspapers, disease detectives fly blind

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Epidemiologists rely on all kinds of data to detect the spread of disease, including reports from local and state agencies and social media. But the decline of local newspapers makes it harder to identify outbreaks and forecast their trajectories.

From ScienceWriters: Deduction restriction on tax prep/planning

ScienceWriters Spring 2018 cover

Media coverage of the 2017 tax law focused mainly on the creation of lower tax brackets. Receiving scant coverage were significant changes to the deductions for fees paid for preparation of returns and advice on tax planning.

From ScienceWriters: Can artificial intelligence beat fake news?

ScienceWriters Spring 2018 cover

How are computer scientists building their army of virtual fact-checkers? What are their models of truth? And how close are we to entrusting their algorithms to cull fake news? Popular Science tried out an automated fact-checker, using a piece of fake news, and compare its process to a human fact-checker.

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ScienceWriters, Spring 2018

Artificial intelligence and the fake news problem, reports from the inaugural SciComm South Conference, how journalists can turn privacy laws to their advantage, and changes in rules for deducting tax-preparation fees. Full text visible only to NASW members.

From ScienceWriters: SciLine provides journalists with scientific expertise

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announces the launch of SciLine, a new service that will provide journalists with high-quality scientific expertise and context — on demand and on deadline.

From ScienceWriters: Writers expound on taxes

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Writers will soon be facing the deadline of IRS 1040 forms, an annual chore that is one of the few constants in our continually changing society. In recognition of that shared ordeal, here are some quotations (invariably negative; seldom positive) about America's tax system that bring to vibrant life a dry subject that has long been the source of fierce political contention.

From ScienceWriters: Why it is so hard for foreign journalists to get published?

Emiliano Rodríguez Mega reporting on coral reef conservation in Belize

When the Zika outbreak swept Brazil in 2015, Brazilian journalists were the first to cover the event. But it can be a challenge for them to place stories like that in U.S. and European publications. Editors and freelance writers were asked about the challenges writers face in working across international boundaries.

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ScienceWriters, Winter 2017-18

News from the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017, the final report of NASW's ad hoc membership committee, what famous writers of the past have said about taxes, and AAAS launches a a new service to provide scientific expertise and context on deadline. Full text visible only to NASW members.

From ScienceWriters: Talking science

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UC San Diego's Divisions of Biological and Physical Sciences have launched a Research Communications Program designed to help scientists advocate for and communicate the relevance of their work to the public, political representatives and the news media.