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From ScienceWriters: Five days, five science plays

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Seattle-based science writers and playwrights collaborated to produce theatrical works in a week. “Theatre is where we come together as a society to do our collective thinking,” said David Mills, artistic director of Infinity Box. “Theatrical stories help us think ahead about the human consequences of changes driven by science and technology.

From ScienceWriters: Rule changes for Social Security taxes

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Writers know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare, overhauled the rules for medical insurance. What they might not know is that the ACA’s overhaul also changes some tax laws. Julian Block provides details.


ScienceWriters, Fall 2016

Commentaries on the proposed NASW constitutional amendment; NASW Board election results for 2016-18; science writers and playwrights collaborate in Seattle; 2016 Science in Society Awards, Clark/Payne and Victor Cohn Prize winners; a rundown on self-employment taxes; the birth of FOIA Wiki; and the death of SciLogs. Full text visible to NASW members only.

From ScienceWriters: Writers need to focus more on tax planning

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It's a mistake to think of taxes as a once-a-year affliction caused by the need to grapple with 1040 forms or to assemble records for a paid tax preparer. Federal and state tax planning needs to be a year-round concern on par with ongoing business and personal financial planning.


ScienceWriters, Summer 2016

Background on the proposed amendment to the NASW constitution to change the qualifications for officers; creating science animations; analyzing the new GMO report; an unintended side effect of transparency; EurekAlert's 20th birthday; a new First Amendment center for the digital age; a preview of ScienceWriters 2016; candidate statements for the NASW Board; and tax planning for writers. Full text visible to NASW members only.

From ScienceWriters: World Conference of Science Journalists 2017

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In February, the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 website was launched. It is your one-stop location for news and updates on the conference program, proposal submissions, fellowships, venues, field trips, and registration.

From ScienceWriters: ScienceWriters2016, Oct. 28-Nov. 1

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Deep in the Heart of Texas, the Alamo City is home to many wonders, including the UNESCO World Heritage Missions and World Champion Spurs NBA team. San Antonio is also deep in the heart of discovery on everything from cancer, Pluto, Ebola, and robotics. San Antonio scientists are excited to welcome you and share their discoveries.

From ScienceWriters: Undark debuts

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If you were hanging around the Twittersphere in February, you may have caught glimpse of the excitement generated by the return of the Knight Science Journalism Tracker: the MIT-based blog for evaluating and critiquing science journalism, which went on hiatus in 2014. The Tracker has a new home as a monthly column in a much broader, more ambitious digital publication that KSJ’s new director, Deb Blum, and editor Tom Zeller Jr., have given the evocative title Undark.

From ScienceWriters: Writers’ write-offs for medical insurance

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Usually, there is only one way for writers and other self-employed persons to write off medical and health expenses: They have to claim those outlays as itemized deductions on Schedule A of Form 1040. That is just the first obstacle. There is another barrier for itemizers. Their medical expenditures are not fully deductible. They are allowed to claim such expenses just to the extent that they exceed 10 percent of AGI (short for adjusted gross income), the figure on the last line of page one of the 1040 form.

From ScienceWriters: Building the Arizona Science Desk

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Arizona’s public radio stations are trying something new. Recently, all four NPR member stations began collaborating on locally produced content. The partnership involves editors and reporters in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma. Amanda Solliday writes that the goal is to share untold stories about science in those communities.