Northwest Science Writers Association

COMING UP - Finding Your Data Story with Tableau Public

Ever wanted to incorporate data into your storytelling? From interactive maps to engaging graphs and charts, this workshop on March 25 will help you understand how to turn raw public or scientific data into compelling visualizations ready to share online, using Tableau Public.

Tour of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) with CEO Oren Etzioni

Can a computer ace a high school biology exam? What about navigate a typical household, or play Pictionary? NSWA learned about artificial intelligence research at AI2 on Feb. 20.

Hello World - 2019 Holiday Party and Annual Meeting

We let our inner geeks out to play at our biggest and best event of the year on Jan. 10 at Paul Allen’s Living Computers Museum + Labs.

Chat with Ben Goldfarb, author of 'Eager'

Environmental writer Ben Goldfarb spoke to Glenn Nelson, founder of The Trail Posse, on Dec. 13 at The Elliott Bay Book Company about his new book, Eager: The surprising, secret life of beavers and why the matter. Goldfarb joined us after his talk at Quinn’s Pub.

The Art of Feature Writing With Jacqui Banazynski, Brooke Jarvis, and Craig Welch

For writers, synthesizing information from research and interviews to produce a story is a challenging task. And it can even be more complex for those writing features, longform stories, or even books. On Nov. 28, we learned ways to think about narrative, and how to take our reporting and make it into a compelling story.

‘First Man’ with Geoff Nunn from Museum of Flight

Geoff Nunn, adjunct curator of space history at The Museum of Flight, joined us for an IMAX screening of “First Man” on Oct. 20 at the Pacific Science Center. After the movie, we got to chat about how it represented Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 space mission.

Show Me the Science

This panel on Oct. 6 at Lane Community College in Portland, Oregon focused on story ideas, tips and resources you need to dig deeper into science-based stories such as opioids, climate change and more.

The Art of the Interview

Whether you’re a print journalist, multimedia producer, or PIO, interviewing is hugely important to your work. On Sept. 27, we delved into best practices for interviewing sources: how to prepare, put your interviewees at ease, ask questions that will get you the details you need, and suit your medium.

Wildfire Talks

Wildfires in the western United States have become increasingly more common. They burn through forests, damage the ecology and threaten property and lives. Members and guests joined us on Aug. 2 at the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory for an evening with wildfire researchers.

Share your Science workshop

NSWA partnered with The People’s Science to put on an interactive workshop and write-a-thon for effectively communicating science to the public on July 29 at Naked City Brewery.

Summer Happy Hour with Solutions Journalism Network

We toasted the summer with our friends at the Solutions Journalism Network (SJN) on June 19 at Pono Ranch in Ballard.

When Salmon and Stormwater Pollution Collide: Tour the Green Solutions

Members and guests joined us on May 16 for a tour of West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood redevelopment project and heard about the latest Washington-based research on stormwater pollution’s impacts on salmon and the green infrastructure combating this problem.

NSWA Science Trivia Night

Members and guests joined us April 18 for a science-themed trivia quiz night and social event at Floating Bridge Brewing in the University District. This evening was hosted by the quizmasters at Geeks Who Drink and tested our knowledge of arcane facts about science, science fiction and geeky music.

Exploring the power of art and illustration in science storytelling

Members and guests joined us on March 21 at the School of Visual Concepts for an evening with three talented visual professionals, who discussed the exciting possibilities when hard science and fine art collide.

Tour the Burke Museum Fish Collection

On Feb. 27, members and guests got a behind-the-scenes (and behind-the-jars) tour of the Burke Museum’s Ichthyology Collection, housed on the University of Washington campus, and saw the largest fish collection in North America.

NSWA Holiday Party and Annual Membership Meeting

NSWA celebrated the new year on Jan. 11 at a Seattle landmark that has wowed science fans of all ages for more than 50 years, the Pacific Science Center.

#nswasciwire – Recent work by our members

Nijhuis: From Molecular to Oceanic

In the New York Review of Books, Michelle Nijhuis (@nijhuism) reports on two books about climate science. In the review,...

Thomasy: Spit Take

At Massive Science, a forum for scientists’ stories, Hannah Thomasy posts about an idea for a new malaria vaccine. The...

Scheiderer: Whoa! ‘Oumuamua!

Seattle Astronomy, from Greg Scheiderer, is a one-stop shop for space and astronomy news, including a blogpost about why...

Hughes: Moving to Health

How does our neighborhood affect our health? Rebecca Hughes writes about a summit that brought researchers and...

SciLance: Pitch, Publish, Prosper

NSWA members Jessica Marshall, Bryn Nelson, Michelle Nijhuis + about 30 other experienced science writers = SciLance. The...

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