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ScienceWriters Apr 18
Editors and Managers: Have an amazing job opening to share? Or call-for-pitches you want NASW Members to see? Then share your opportunity to our NASW Jobs Bank! Learn how to post a job ad at —or find a science writer in our database!
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The Open Notebook Apr 19
Freelancers: don't be afraid to ask for more $.
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The Open Notebook Apr 19
Looking for inspiration on crafting a pitch for a specific publication? Check out our , with 194 (and counting) examples of successful pitches.
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The Open Notebook Apr 19
In a survey, editors cited their previous experience working with a writer when deciding whether to increase a rate for a story.
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The Open Notebook Apr 19
90 percent of editors surveyed think it's fine for freelancers to ask for higher pay. Read more about the results of 's survey last year, including commentary from , , and others.
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The Open Notebook Apr 19
Asking an editor for a better rate can be scarier than sending in a pitch. But as found last year, it rarely hurts—and often helps.
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C&EN Apr 18
🎉 Our peep diorama won best representation of science history for our themed "Dmitri Mendelpeep Dreams Up an Early Version of the Peepriodic Table". 👏 and Yang Ku for leading our entry for the contest.
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Jennifer Hertzberg Apr 18
I got really sick the week the dioramas were due and I finally just finished it. Presenting “The PrinciPeep Investigator and his PostPeep and GraduPeeps”. Complete with mini sediment core!
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
Replying to @laurenkwolf
Thank you! It was pure pleasure every step of the way.
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
Compelling characters. Vibrant sensory details. Intuitive structure. The things that make narrative stories fun to read can also be the hardest to craft. Our collection, new this year, can help.
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
Awww, nice job! That's some excellent peeping! Please enter the contest again next year! Because there is a 💯% chance we'll do it again!
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
. suggested in 2015 that writers despairing over low rates at top publications look more closely at niche publications. "There are places that still pay well and do journalism," she told .
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
We must "push back and stand firm," wrote in 2015 on what is worth and what writers can do to maintain it as a viable career path.
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
Did you see all the winners in our contest??
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
“None of us got into this profession for the money," said in 2015, "but we did expect to make a living wage.” laid out the ramifications of declining magazine and book rates in a piece that's still all too relevant today.
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
Science writers can fight for high-quality, well-paid journalism in ways that benefit individual writers as well as the field as a whole: asking for better rates, negotiating contracts, and more that explores in part II of the series.
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The Open Notebook Apr 18
What is worth? That's a question that grappled with in a 2-part series a few years ago. Part I of the series lays out the challenges that science journalists face.
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Sally B Chemistry Apr 17
Look what came today in the mail The Peeple's Choice award along with the Silver Teen Award. Great job everyone and thank you to everyone who voted for our Peepiodic Table of the Elements
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Sally B Chemistry Apr 17
I can't wait until next year to see what my classes will come up with! But for this year, we are the "Peeple's Choice!" Way to go class. (You can see I am so excited, I keep tweeting about this.)
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Smithsonian's NMNH Apr 17
We couldn't agree more!
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