Northwest Science Writers Association

Career Development Awards: Support Workshops for BIPOC Freelancers

NSWA is sponsoring two BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) freelance writers to participate in The Writers’ Co-op’s spring mastermind support groups for freelance journalists or freelancers who are parents.

The Next Step: Panel Discussion and Mentoring For Aspiring Professional Writers & Journalists

Miss our virtual (and interactive) career event on becoming a professional writer and journalist? Watch the recording of a stellar panel discussion and Q&A from January 30.

Winners of the Best of the Northwest Science Writing Awards

NSWA recognizes and celebrates outstanding writing published by our members during the past year. And the winners for the 2020 institutional and journalism awards are …

2021 Holiday Party & Member Meeting

NSWA members came together virtually for an evening of live science comedy, peer networking, writing awards, a video tour of an indoor cannabis grow operation, and a fun talk by an experimental beer archaeologist.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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]

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

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

cover of book: Beloved Beasts

Nijhuis: A History of Conservation

In her new book, “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis (@nijhuism) charts the history of the modern conservation movement...
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Eaves: New Nukes

Why, asks Elisabeth Eaves, is the U.S. spending $100 billion on a new nuclear weapon? Eaves (@elisabetheaves) explores the...
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Rosen: Measuring Earth’s Tiny Movements

In Science, Julia Rosen (@1JuliaRosen) shows us how a technique called interferometric synthetic aperture radar, or InSAR,...
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Nelson: Lessons from Pandemic History

With a look back at the 1918 flu pandemic, Bryn Nelson (@SeattleBryn) asks what lessons we might draw from that pandemic...

Stavney: Bird Safety at Wind Farms

While wind turbines generate clean power, they can be deadly to birds. Eric Stavney writes about how researchers reduced...

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