Questions about science journalism? We've compiled some resources to help inform aspiring and early-career science writers.
Science Writing Awards Programs
The awards won by stories featured at Showcase are listed on the Awards page.
Many Showcase stories have won other awards. Among the awards programs closely related to science writing are:
- Acoustical Society of America Science Writing Awards
- American Institute of Biological Sciences Media Award
- American Institute of Physics Science Communication Awards
- Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public
- John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism
- PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
- Society of Environmental Journalists Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment
- Society for Neuroscience Science Journalism Student Award
- David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Writing—News (American Geophysical Union)
- Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing
- Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism – Features (American Geophysical Union)
Science Writing Anthologies
Want more examples of superb science writing? Anthologies select from the best work published each year. These include:
- The Best American Science and Nature Writing
- The Best Writing on Mathematics
- The Best of the Best of American Science Writing (presents exemplars from an anthology series that has been discontinued)
If you like the Storygrams, you might be interested in these:
Advice on Science Writing
Here are some online guides that discuss the craft and trade:
- A Guide to Careers in Science Writing
- CASW’s Who Are Science Writers?
- The Guardian’s Secrets of Good Science Writing
Plenty of websites and blogs are dedicated to discussing science journalism:
- Pitch, Publish, Prosper
- The Nieman Journalism Lab
- The Open Notebook
- UnDark Magazine
- On Science Blogs
- The Observatory at Columbia Journalism Review
There are plenty of books that can help you learn the ins and outs of the field. Here are a few of our favorites:
- A Field Guide for Science Writers
- Science Blogging: The Essential Guide
- The Science Writers’ Handbook
Books that advise scientists on the challenges of interpreting science for the public include:
A graduate program in science writing isn’t for everyone, but it can help a novice hone the craft and make valuable connections. An article at The Open Notebook asks what a science writing master’s program gets you. CASW supports graduate education in science writing with the Taylor/Blakeslee University Fellowships.
Prominent science journalism graduate programs in the U.S. include:
- Boston University
- Columbia University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- New York University
- University of California, Santa Cruz
Science Journalism Associations
In the field of science journalism, networking is everything. Here are multiple communities that can help you connect.
- Association of Health Care Journalists
- D.C. Science Writers Association
- Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
- National Association of Science Writers
- New England Science Writers
- Northern California Science Writers Association
- Science Writers in New York
- Society of Environmental Journalists
- World Federation of Science Journalists (includes information on 50+ affiliated membership associations)
These programs provide science-writing experience, project support, or opportunities to explore an area of interest.
- AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
- Knight Science Journalism @ MIT
- Nieman Fellowships
- Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism
Many other fellowship programs are open to science journalists. Announcements are regularly posted on the NASW website.
Let us know of useful resources via the Suggestion Box. Note that although these resources are primarily oriented toward U.S. journalists, some awards programs and organizations are international.