DCSWA Happy Hour -- Wednesday, September 2


Join fellow science writers for cocktails and truffle fries at DC's finest tiki bar!

WHEN AND WHERE: Weds 9/2, 6 to 8 pm at Firefly, 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 

MORE INFO: socialchair@dcswa.org


Science Comedy night with Sammy Obeid (Conan, Last Comic Standing, America's Got Talent)-- Sunday, September 13


 Science Comedy night is back with a stellar  lineup including headliner Sammy Obeid who  has appeared on TBS's Conan and NBC's Last  Comic Standing and America's Got Talent. He  also holds the world record for most  consecutive days of performing comedy with  a 1,001 day streak. Buy your tickets early!

 Date: September 13th

 Doors: 6:30pm; Show: 7:30pm

 Location: Bier Baron Tavern

 Early bird tickets until 9/11: $10

 Buy tickets here

 More information or email      vicepres@dcswa.org



Registration open for "Understanding Your Digital SLR camera" -- Tuesday, September 15

This workshop -- the first in a new DCSWA workshop series that focuses on developing different skills -- will help you understand your digital SLR camera so that you can shoot more creatively. These cameras have an excess of features and buttons, and the goal is for you to concentrate on the useful features and ignore the rest. At the end of this workshop, you will know how to focus selectively, get a good exposure and control your depth-of-field.

Please bring your digital SLR camera with you to the workshop. If your camera is a digital camera and it takes interchangeable lenses, it is probably a digital SLR.

Date: Tuesday, September 15th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Place: American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $5 for refreshments 
Workshop leader: Rich Press, photographer at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 
To register: email vicepres@dcswa.org; instructions for payment will be sent in confirmation email
Thanks to the American Chemical Society for hosting this particular workshop. If you're interested in having a workshop at your place of work or have a workshop idea, email vicepres@dcswa.org. 
*** Future professional development workshops will take place on the third Tuesday of each month. ***



Save the dates: 

Wednesday, September 30: Field trip to Patuxent Wildlife Refuge -- bird banding, whooping cranes and a veterinary hospital!

Tuesday, October 6: the next DC Science Cafe event. Learn all about science in Iran during the sanctions era and what might happen if those sanctions lift. Details to come. Questions? Email Ivan Amato at dcsciencecafe@dcswa.org

Saturday, October 17: Geology field trip with Callan Bentley at Billy Goat Trail

Saturday, February 13, 2016: AAAS 2016 science writers party!

Saturday, April 2, 2016: Professional Development Day

Further details coming soon!


PDD 2015 crowdHighlights from DCSWA's 2015 Professional Development Day 

PDD is DCSWA's biggest event of the year -- a full day of talks, workshops and networking with other science writers and editors.
This year's event took place on March 28 and featured:
  • Plenary talks by the Washington Post's Joel Achenbach and NPR's Christopher Joyce
  • A session all about editing, led by some of the D.C. area's top science editors
  • A panel on funding international reporting projects
  • A discussion about how the press got it right and wrong while covering the Ebola crisis
  • Sessions on book writing, storytelling, animation and freelance finance
  • Appointments with a resume coach
  • A workshop on the art and science of story pitching, leading up to the...
  • Ever-popular pitch slam, featuring the speed-dating format we introduced last year.

Read scintillating session reports from PDD 2015 scholarship recipients!

Enjoy tweets from PDD 2015 at #DCSWA15

Davenport awardMatt Davenport and Elaine Seward Win 2014 DCSWA Newsbrief Award; Honorable mentions to Beth Mole and Mark Zastrow

Washington, D.C.—The D.C. Science Writers Association (DCSWA) named a winner and two honorable mentions in the sixth annual DCSWA Newsbrief Award.

For the 2014 award, four science writers judged more than 70 entries, including print, online, audio and multimedia pieces. A video from Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) earned the top prize.

Full information here

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