The Envelope, Please

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

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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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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