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Award-winning journalism from the Showcase collection

WCSJ Video Showcase: The Moment You Knew

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners around the world. In this video we ask winners to share that moment they knew they had a story.

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WCSJ Video Showcase: Elevator Pitches

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners. In this video we ask winners to summarize their stories in one or two sentences.






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WCSJ Video Showcase: Advice for Young Science Journalists

A video montage composed of excerpts from interviews with award winners that focuses on their advice for young science journalists.






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Peer Review Post-Mortem: How a Flawed Aging Study was Published in Nature

Hester van Santen
PUBLISHED BY: NRC Media ON December 9, 2017
European Science Writer of the Year

How could an article with numerous shortcomings be published in top-tier journal Nature? Hester van Santen reveals how the gate-keepers of science knowingly let flawed research slip through.






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Gene Drive Gives Scientists Power to Hijack Evolution

Sharon Begley
PUBLISHED BY: STAT ON November 17, 2015
CASW Cohn Prize

As soon as Harvard biologist Kevin Esvelt began reading the scientific paper, he had a desperate question: Who are these guys?






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When the Dust Settles

Eva Hershaw
PUBLISHED BY: Texas Monthly ON September 1, 2016
NASW Science in Society Award

After Texas Tech researchers discovered that windstorms may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria from local feedlots, public health experts stood up and took notice. So did the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.






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Storygram: Amy Maxmen’s “How the Fight Against Ebola Tested a Culture’s Traditions”

Amy Maxmen • October 3, 2017
PUBLISHED BY: National Geographic ON January 30, 2015
NASW Science in Society Award

A great quarrel followed the death of a pregnant Guinean woman in June …






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How A Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of Crowdsourcing

Mark Harris
PUBLISHED BY: Backchannel ON February 9, 2015
AAAS Kavli Award

Meet Adam. He’s a mid-level engineer at a mid-level software company in a cookie-cutter California office park. …






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Editing the Mushroom

Stephen S. Hall
PUBLISHED BY: Scientific American ON March 1, 2016
AAAS Kavli Award

A powerful new gene-editing tool is sweeping agriculture. It could transform the debate over genetic modification.






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Attack of the Mutant Pupfish

Hillary Rosner
PUBLISHED BY: WIRED ON November 19, 2012
AAAS Kavli Award

WEST OF PAHRUMP, Nevada, in a corner of the Mojave Desert a couple thousand feet above Death Valley, a warm aquifer provides a home for one of the world’s rarest animals. …






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