Northwest Science Writers Association

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NSWA’s Mentorship Program fosters knowledge-sharing and community by pairing up people within our organization to share career advice and grow in their professions. To participate in the year-long program (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31), you must be a member of NSWA, but you can be at any stage in your career. You may be new to science writing, shifting from staff journalist to freelance writing or formulating a book proposal. You are welcome to apply to be a mentor, mentee or accountability partner.

Because Facts Matter: Fact-Checking in Science Writing

At this NSWA-hosted event, three expert fact-checkers pulled back the curtain to reveal how professional fact-checking works and the rising challenges these defenders of truth are facing. We heard from an independent, freelance fact-checker, another who spent 30 years on staff at Scientific American, and a third who cofounded Snopes, where fact-checking is the business.

Thursday, November 19

NSWA + AAJA Science Trivia Night

NSWA partnered with the Seattle chapter of the Asian-American Journalists Association for a special online science trivia night via Zoom on Nov. 14. Teams tested their knowledge of arcane facts about science, science fiction, science writing, and current events.

NSWA Science Scavenger Hunt

NSWA held its first ever science-themed scavenger hunt contest from Wednesday, August 5 through Sunday, August 9. Participants searched for (or created) examples of scientific concepts in eight categories and then shared photos and videos via Twitter. Congratulations to winners Sally James, Linnea Stavney, and Chris Tachibana! Check out all the entries on Twitter at #NSWAScavengerHunt.

COVID-19 Coverage and Economic Resources for NSWA Members

NSWA is supporting its members during this public health emergency by collecting resources to help those writing about the pandemic and those suffering economic hardship from its consequences.

Decolonizing Science Communication II: Indigenizing Science Journalism and Uplifting Native Stories That Matter

On Oct. 8 we held the second event in NSWA’s Decolonizing Science Communication series. Our featured speakers were Emilee Gilpin and Cara McKenna, Indigenous writers from British Columbia who have deep experience covering stories about environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest that deeply affect First Nations peoples. Their work models how journalists can address the disproportionate dominance of Western thought, values, and culture in science and journalism and help to return Native thought and understanding to debates where they have been historically suppressed. [Image courtesy of ScienceLink]

Decolonizing Science Communication: A Panel Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

On July 8, NSWA held the first in a series of virtual panels focused on decolonizing science communication. We heard from Native American journalists and a researcher who focuses on health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The speakers guided us in learning how to deconstruct the differences between Indigenous and Western world views and how each of those views shapes science and journalism. Their discussion included practical tips for incorporating this knowledge into science writing and reporting, and they pointed us toward useful resources for further exploration of this vital topic. A recorded video of the event is available. [Image courtesy of ScienceLink]

Night Out at the Museum

More than 400 NSWA members and AAAS newsroom registrants gathered on February 15th at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture to network with peers, explore the exhibits, talk with curators, and dance!

Volcano Camping Adventure at Mount St. Helens

NSWA experienced the majesty, awesome destruction, and amazing rebirth of the Pacific Northwest’s most violent volcano on our first-ever camping adventure Aug. 2 – Aug. 4. Hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute, we saw parts of the national monument that few ever experience.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Goldstein: Rethinking Recycling

Julia L.F. Goldstein’s new book, Rethink the Bins is out this month and promises surprising facts, informed advice, and...

Russell: COVID-19 Opens Science

Sabin Russell finds yet another impact of COVID-19–on the open science movement. In Hutch News, Sabin (@Sabinwiki) talks...

Lindley and Olson: Apocalypse Q&A

For History News Network, Robin Lindley and Steve Olson have a wide-ranging discussion about Steve’s new book, The...

Gibbs: COVID Disparities

Wayt Gibbs created a one-hour documentary that asks: “Why is COVID-19 so much worse for Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other...

Mapes: Coronavirus Collateral Damage

The pandemic makes everyday life hard enough, writes Diane Mapes. It also adds new barriers and challenges to getting...

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