The Envelope, Please
Showcase’s blog provides site updates as well as news and commentary from the world of science writing awards.
Shannon Hall • Interviews • July 13, 2017
You could say that Carl Zimmer is every young science writer’s aspiration. He has written 12 popular science books, two textbooks and hundreds of articles for places like The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science and Popular Science. At Showcase, we wanted to discover his secret — particularly when it comes to winning those awards. Here’s a Q & A with Zimmer.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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. …
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, […]