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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.

From ScienceWriters: Grappling with a new reality

Carl Zimmer

The current media landscape is a confusing swirl of reality, misinformation, and so-called fake news. How can science communicators navigate a political climate that's increasingly hostile to both science and journalism? Experts from several related disciplines addressed the situation at a day-long conference hosted by the Rockefeller University.

From ScienceWriters: David Perlman's lifetime covering science

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David Perlman is retiring from journalism. He's been a science writer through it all: The discovery of Lucy, Dolly the Sheep, the identification of exoplanets, the AIDS epidemic. He has a clip of his first story about AIDS on his office wall. It's maybe 12 or 15 inches long and was published in June 1981, around the start of the global scourge.

From ScienceWriters: Bringing PIO skills to Ethiopia

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In January, an invitation to speak at a public-health workshop in Ethiopia arrived in Emily Caldwell's email inbox. The presentation topic was vaguely described as "health communication." Caldwell was thrilled to accept.

From ScienceWriters: NIH study dives into writer's baffling condition

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Science writer Brian Vastag is taking part in an intense experiment aimed at finding out if and how an infection may have disrupted his nervous system, leaving him with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS.


ScienceWriters, Fall 2017

A report on the Sept. 6 conference on science, journalism, and democracy; why U.S. and European markets aren't more welcoming to foreign journalists; David Perlman retires from the best job in the world; Annual Reviews launches a digital magazine; UC San Diego wins a grant to improve the communication ability of researchers; tax breaks after natural disasters; plus news from NASW and WCSJ2017. Full text visible to NASW members only.

From ScienceWriters: A decade of NASW Travel Fellowships to AAAS

NASW 2010 Travel Fellows

The NASW Travel Fellowship to AAAS is one of three signature programs of the NASW Education Committee (together with the NASW Mentoring Program and NASW Internship Fair). The fellow experience includes specialized training and guidance on how to cover a meeting and how to report and structure stories, and several rounds of one-on-one editing by NASW volunteers.

From ScienceWriters: Free tax advice from the IRS comes with a price

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Taxpayers who make mistakes on their 1040 forms are subject to stiff penalties and interest charges, all nondeductible. Are taxpayers excused from those assessments if they're able to show their reliance on information in the IRS's own publications? Only in whatever kind of life is yet to come.

From ScienceWriters: Pacific Northwest regional PIO conference

Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski delivering the keynote speech

On April 28, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), in Seattle, was bustling not only with its usual array of doctors and scientists, but also more than 170 visiting PIOs and science communicators attending an all-day conference hosted by the Northwest Science Writers Association (NSWA).

From ScienceWriters: Fact-checking sites find their way into science

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It started with outlets like Snopes. Now a French-language site vets science claims, and others may follow. Is this the best way to ensure accuracy?