The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. It is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals.
This year I am attending for the first time and as a part of my ongoing advocacy work to diversify professional science communication spaces. Events I am especially looking forward to includes the Culture Dish Diversity Mixer organized by Apoorva Mandavilli and Nidhi Subbaraman as well as the professional panel the three of us organized for the meeting.
- Francie Diep, Freelance science reporter
Tracie Powell, Founder, AllDigitocracy.org
Anna Lee Strachan , Freelance science producer
Nidhi Subbaraman , Staff writer, The Boston Globe's BetaBoston
Philip Yam, Managing editor, Scientific American
- Moderated by Apoorva Mandavilli, Director, SFARI.org
My long-time collaborator Dr. Alberto Roca and I secured an NASW Idea grant so as to financially assist journalists from underpresented groups to attend this meeting. It was an impressive field of applicants. I will meet the DiverseScholar NASW 2014 Diversity Travel Fellowship Awardees in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend and attend a mix of professional development workshops, briefings on the latest scientific research, extensive networking opportunities, as well as field trips.
We are proud to announce the Award Recipients and Honorable Mentions.
Crystal Garner @shesagarner
Ivan Gonzalez @GonzalezIvanF
Terri Hansen @TerriHansen
Jacqueline Howard @JacqEHoward
Kunmi Sobowale mdlitt.wordpress.com
Also, please visit the essays the recepients shared explaing why diversity matters in science communication.
A Tough Newsroom Discussion: Why Diversity Is Needed In Science Journalism by Jacqueline Howard
Hispanic Audiences and Diversity in Science Journalism (in English) and Audiencias Hispanas y la Diversidad en el Periodismo Científico (en Espanol) by Ivan F. Gonzalez
Engaging the Science-Poor by Kunmi Sobowale
Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting for Indian Country by Terri Hansen