National Association of Science Writers
Annual Meeting Workshops
Philadelphia, Penn.
Feb. 11-17, 1998

General Information

Hear the latest news in the science writing profession by attending the fourth annual NASW workshops beginning Wednesday, Feb. 11. The workshops begin one day in advance of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The workshops showcase new trends and technologies and provide forums with the country's leading science writers for discussing timely issues. Registration is now closed for the workshops.

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGES: Due to President Clinton's 12:30 Friday speech in the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Thursday's NASW workshops have been moved to Rooms 202A and 202B at the Convention Center (next door to the Marriott), and one session in the Friday PIO workshops has been cancelled.

Questions? Comments? Contact NASW workshop organizer Paul Lowenberg, University of Washington News and Information Office.

Workshop page contents (updated weekly)

Updated 10 February 1998 by Carol Cruzan Morton. Note: This is a working plan; the schedule is subject to change.

Schedule at a glance

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Special Workshop: NASW Day at the Multimedia Races
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (at Logan Circle at intersection of Race St., 19th St., and the Parkway)

Directions & Transportation: Within walking distance of the convention center (10 blocks to the northwest) and AAAS hotels (3-13 blocks); other transportation options include taxi and bus service called PATCO or "Philly Phlash" (but we are not sure of the schedule).

Noon - 1 pm
Registration for NASW workshops
1 - 2:30 pm
Workshop One: Who's Hot
3 - 4 pm
Workshop Two: Think Storytelling, Think Multi-Skill, Think 3-D
4 - 5 pm
Workshop Three: Are Science Journalists a Vanishing Breed?
5 pm
Reception and behind-the-scenes tours of the Academy of Natural Sciences

Thursday, February 12
*NOTE New Rooms: Convention Center rooms 202A and 202B

7 - 8 am
Convention Center rooms 202A and 202B
Registration for NASW workshops
8:15 - 9:45 am
Convention Center rooms 202A and 202B
Plenary Session: Science writing ethics
10:00 - 11:30 am
Convention Center Room 202A
: Forging strong writer-editor relationships (or is the phrase "warm and fuzzy" absurd in our business?)
Convention Center Room 202B: Reporting on cloning: should there ever be another ewe?
Noon - 1:15 pm
Convention Center Room 202A
: The business of freelancing
Convention Center Room 202B: Beefing up the science beat
1:30 - 2:45 pm
Convention Center Room 202A
: Reporting on uncertainty
Convention Center Room 202B: Computer assisted reporting workshop
3 - 5 pm
AAAS Press Conferences
5:15 - 6:30 pm
Convention Center Room 202A
: Freelancers: new freelance niches
Convention Center Room 202B: Late breaking news analysis: Global Warming

Friday, Feb. 13
Special Public Information Officer Workshops
Marriott Hotel Room 403

7:30 - 8:15 am
Registration for NASW workshops
8:15 - 9:45 am
Plenary Session: Institutional cooperation: how PIOs can facilitate communication among institutions
10:00 - 11:30 am
University/corporate relations...who pays the piper? Who calls the tune?
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cancelled: @&!@*##!...or Miss Manners' guide to dealing with difficult researchers
2 - 3:15 pm
The impact of public relations firms on the profession
3:30 - 5 pm
Who needs the BBC?

Saturday, Feb. 14

4 pm
NASW Members Meeting
7 pm
NASW Reception & Award Banquet
Franklin Institute

Sunday, Feb. 15

Party Time
Evening science writers party hosted by Philadelphia science writers

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