Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - Mastering the Art & Business of Freelancing

What does it take to start — and maintain — a successful freelance career in 2017? Whether you’re looking to dip your toe into freelancing as a second job, take the plunge into the full-time freelance life, or an editor looking to better understand the challenges freelancers face, our speakers’ short talks on Sept. 19 at Hugo House will touch on the myriad skills freelancers must cultivate, and provide practical tips on how to master them.

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What should you know about the upcoming solar eclipse?

Thanks to nationally recognized astronomy educator Dennis Schatz for joining us after his “Science in the City” talk on Aug. 1 at Pacific Science Center and telling us what to expect during the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21.

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Compelling Science Storytelling

Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 28, 2017, for Compelling Science Storytelling: A Pacific Northwest Workshop for Science Communicators. This was a one-day workshop and networking opportunity in Seattle, with a special emphasis for public information officers, including new science PIOs and former science journalists who are now PIOs.

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Walking the Denny Regrade with David B. Williams

During our two-mile walk on Tuesday, July 18, David B. Williams — freelance writer and former NSWA president — discussed the full scope of the massive Denny regrade project, pointing out often overlooked but still existing evidence of the topographic changes, and explaining how this reshaping of the Seattle landscape continues to shape the city and those who call it home.

 

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A Walk in the Woods: Get a New View on Climate Change at the Park and Pub

Rain rerouted Lynda Mapes‘ planned tour of Volunteer Park on June 15 to Canterbury Ale House, where she gave a talk to members and guests on her new book, Witness Tree. Mapes discussed the year she spent living with a 100-year-old oak tree in Harvard Forest and how she used the experience to bring a new and deeply personal perspective to the complex story of climate change.

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Science, Fact Checking, and the News

With the birth of “alternative facts” and the recent surge of interest in fact-checking the news, the pressure is high for the media and communicators to get their stories straight. The Society of Professional Journalists Western Washington and the Northwest Science Writers Association presented a panel on May 10 at Town Hall Seattle on getting the facts right in modern news.
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Marching for Science, Walking a Fine Line

In a superheated political environment, does a pro-science position risk being seen as partisan? Members and guests joined us on April 19 at Peddler Brewing Company for an informal conversation with scientists, science writers, and an organizer of Seattle’s March for Science.
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See 'Life' with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin

Members and guests saw space horror movie “Life” with microbiologist Mark Owen Martin on April 15 at Sundance Cinema in the University District, then dissected the movie at Blue Moon Tavern.
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Calling BS: How to Filter the Fake and Translate the Truth

In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” how well can you draw the line on what counts as truth? What role do science writers play in spreading or exposing spurious science? On March 14, UW professors Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West shared advice on deciphering the signal from the noise, for yourself and your readers.

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Narrative and International Reporting with Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, members and guests dove into two aspects of the craft of storytelling—longform narrative and international reporting—with the 2016 winners of our career development awards, Chris Solomon and Wudan Yan.
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Thanks for joining us for #nswaparty2017

This year’s can’t-miss event for science writers in the Pacific Northwest happened on Jan. 5 in Bellevue at one of the world’s biggest, most eclectic invention factories, Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good and Research Laboratory.

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#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

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Gibbs: How Much Energy Is Enough?

Wayt Gibbs asks a pertinent question, in light of post-Harvey gas shortages and climate change conversations: “How...
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Ireland: Time Traveling With Thoreau

By day, Corydon Ireland is a science writer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A former reporter, freelancer, and...
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Dahlstrom: No Hate Here

In recent weeks, we’ve seen corporate leaders make public statements against racism, white supremacy, and the rise of...
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Berkowitz: Latest on LASIK

For the engineering magazine ElectroOptics, Rachel Berkowitz covers the history, current status, and upcoming advances of...
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Freudenberger: Simpler Stem Cell Transplants

From Frederick “Fritz” Freudenberger, media relations intern at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, comes...
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