The Envelope, Please

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

Is There a Gender Bias in Science Writing Awards?

Shannon Hall • Awards • April 3, 2019

Showcase analyzed the number of award-winners to find a fairly even split: 52% are men and 48% are women.

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An Interview with Courtney Humphries

Shannon Hall • Interviews • January 9, 2019

In 2017, Courtney Humphries received the David Perlman Award from the American Geophysical Union for a story that takes an in-depth look at the suburban forests surrounding Boston. Humphries has always been fascinated with urban ecology, and in 2015 she […]

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An Interview with Eva Wolfangel

Shannon Hall • Interviews • September 5, 2018

Eva Wolfangel was told repeatedly to forget journalism and find another career. But today she is the European Science Writer of the Year. A freelance science journalist from Germany, Wolfangel received the award in 2018 for stories that covered a […]

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The Switch to Electronic Submissions

Shannon Hall • Awards • August 1, 2018

Most award programs have shifted toward an electronic submissions — a change that has lightened the burden on applicants, increased the number of submissions and benefits the environment.

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An Award Judge’s Secret Selection Criteria

Shannon Hall • Awards • April 18, 2018

Showcase interviewed three judges who have long selected award-winning stories to uncover some secrets behind the process.

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An Interview with Sarah Wild

Shannon Hall • Interviews • January 12, 2018

Sarah Wild was ready to leave science journalism. Then, she won a AAAS Kavli Gold award — helping her renew some of her faith in the field and her abilities. Here, Showcase talks to her about her experiences and learns what it takes to stay afloat in a difficult field. 

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Storygrams in the Classroom

Robin Lloyd • Education • November 14, 2017

Editor’s note: Since Showcase and The Open Notebook launched Storygrams, we have thought a lot about how they can be used in the classroom. We asked Robin Lloyd, who teaches science journalism at NYU, to explain how she attempted the task during […]

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An Interview with Eric Boodman

Shannon Hall • Interviews • October 25, 2017

Eric Boodman’s stories consistently engage the reader in highly original topics with the help quirky characters, deep reporting, fun details and so much more. It’s no wonder he won this year’s Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award, an annual prize for young science journalists. Here, Showcase picks his brain.

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The Secret of Being Carl Zimmer

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.

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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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