The Envelope, Please

Showcase’s blog provides site updates as well as news and commentary from the world of science writing awards.

Showcase on the Road

Amber Dance • Education • April 26, 2017

Editor’s Note: One of our hopes for Showcase is that it will be used as a tool in the classroom and in discussions of science journalism. Here, freelance science writer Amber Dance explains how she used Showcase to help guide a talk at […]

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Showcase’s Rules of Writing

Shannon Hall • General • March 15, 2017

In the likeness of Elmore Leonard’s ten rules of writing, we have created out own set, built with the advice of Showcase’s many wonderful writers.






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Diving Deep Into An Oil Spill

Richard Harris • Interviews • February 22, 2017

In an award-winning NPR story, Richard Harris uncovered the true damage behind the largest oil spill in U.S. waters. But perhaps more impressive is the story behind the story. …






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How NOT to apply for a writing award

Alla Katsnelson and Amber Dance • Awards • January 11, 2017

With deadlines approaching fast, we asked Ala Katsnelson and Amber Dance, both at the NASW Science in Society Award, for their advice.






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X-raying the Text

Stephen S. Hall • Education • September 28, 2016

Since Showcase launched Storygrams — professional annotations of award-winning science journalism — we have thought a lot about the value of textual analysis and its use in the classroom. Here, we asked Stephen S. Hall, a professor of science journalism, to explain his favorite classroom exercise.






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An Interview with Natalie Wolchover

Shannon Hall • Interviews • September 6, 2016

Natalie Wolchover’s stories consistently engage the reader in tough topics with the help of masterful ledes, smart transitions, easy-to-understand analogies, quirky characters and so much more. It’s no wonder she won this year’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists. Here, Showcase picks her brain.






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An Awards Program Goes Global

Earl Lane • Awards • July 18, 2016

When the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced a worldwide expansion of the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards last year, it recognized the increasingly global nature of the science journalism community and triggered a challenging effort to retool the historic awards program on the fly. But the scramble was well worth the effort.






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In Awards, Impact Wins

Shannon Hall • General • July 12, 2016

If you think you’ve noticed an imbalance in the topics covered by award-winning science stories lately, you’re right. However wide the umbrella of science journalism, environment and health stories tend to win general science journalism awards, leaving basic science and mathematics in the dust. …






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Learning From the Best

Betsy Mason • Showcase • July 12, 2016

We all know that science journalism faces many challenges these days, but one that I think deserves more attention is the shrinking number of mentoring and training opportunities for early-career journalists. CASW has been looking for ways to address this, […]

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