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  • From ScienceWriters: Tax reporting for fellowship awards

    ScienceWriters Winter 2016-17 cover

    Congratulations, you’ve been awarded a fellowship to the tune of $10,000. Don’t lose part of the largess by needlessly overpaying your self-employment tax. While you’re liable for income taxes on the $10,000, you’re not liable for self-employment taxes on the amount. How come? Because, like other writers, you aren’t in the business of receiving fellowships.

  • From ScienceWriters: Communicating science in the clickbait era

    ScienceWriters Winter 2016-17 cover

    Scientists and professionals at research institutions eager to inform the public about their work need to go where the readers or, increasingly, the viewers are. Instead of driving traffic to their websites, a panel of public information officers, editors, and journalists recommend creating science content specifically for use on Snapchat, Facebook Live, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media outlets.

  • From ScienceWriters: Asheville conference report

    ScienceWriters Fall 2016 cover

    Two dozen print and electronic journalists from across the Southeast got a glimpse of what’s coming next in the climate story during Measure Globally, Respond Locally, a mini-conference held August 15 and 16 in Asheville, N.C.

  • From ScienceWriters: A tool that will make life easier for FOIA reporters

    ScienceWriters Fall 2016 cover

    If confusion is the first step to knowledge, FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) users must be geniuses. Fee categories. Pre-determination agency actions. Multitrack processing. Administrative appeals. Glomar responses. In some ways, the FOIA is as impenetrable as it is helpful, but a new resource wants to change all that: FOIA Wiki, which launched in beta Oct. 3.

  • From ScienceWriters: Five days, five science plays

    ScienceWriters Fall 2016 cover

    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

    ScienceWriters Fall 2016 cover

    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.

  • From ScienceWriters: Writers need to focus more on tax planning

    ScienceWriters Summer 2016 cover

    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.

  • From ScienceWriters: World Conference of Science Journalists 2017

    ScienceWriters Spring 2016 cover

    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

    ScienceWriters Spring 2016 cover

    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

    ScienceWriters Spring 2016 cover

    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.