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Ebola in the News

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has been dominating media coverage. Closer to home, NSWA gathered experts to talk about the outbreak from both medical and journalism points of view at our monthly meeting on Nov. 12.

John Lynch, an infectious disease expert at UW Medicine, gave some background on the virus and the current outbreak and talked about what hospitals are doing to take precautions. Michael McCarthy, a Seattle-based medical journalist, talked about what it’s been like covering the outbreak for the British Medical Journal. More…


 Writing Local Stories: From City Magazines to National Publications

We all know that Seattle — and the Pacific Northwest in general — is the best place in the world to live. But what makes a story in our little corner of the country worthy of coverage in a big-name publication? And how do you craft these stories differently for local, regional, national, and international outlets?

At our monthly meeting on Oct. 8, NSWA members and guests heard insights from Kirk Johnson, Seattle bureau chief for the New York Times, and freelancers Maria Dolan and Bryn Nelson, who have covered local stories for publications such as Seattle Magazine, High Country News, Smithsonian.com, Slate, Discover, Nature, and BBC Focus. More…