Northwest Science Writers Association

Panel on Inclusive and Bias-Free Language in Science Writing

On Thursday, April 29 at 6:00 p.m., we’ll hear from experts on bias-free language in this panel and Q&A session.

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 …

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

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Williams: Puget Sound’s ‘Homewaters’

David B. Williams’ (@geologywriter) new book, “Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound,” takes us on a tour...
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Burns: Oregon’s COVID-19 Response

In a three-part series for Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jes Burns takes a look back at that state’s response to the...

Yan: Lives Changed After COVID-19

Writing for New York Magazine, Wudan Yan (@wudanyan) tells us the stories of five different people across the country, such...
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Blow: Memphis Pipeline

Ashli Blow (@ashliblow) writes for Climate Conscious at Medium about the grassroots efforts to stop the installation of a...
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Tompa: Measuring Bats’ Longevity

Longevity researchers are fascinated by bats, writes Rachel Tompa (@rachel_tompa), since these animals defy the typical...

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