The Envelope, Please
Showcase’s blog provides site updates as well as news and commentary from the world of science writing awards.
How to Sift Your Own Stories—and Choose a Winner
Shannon Hall • Awards • February 27, 2020
When freelancer Douglas Fox examines his work in search of stories worth submitting to journalism competitions, he likes to focus on ones that left an impression on his own life. “When I’m thinking about what story to submit (or whether […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.