For Immediate Release
March 18, 2014

Christine Dell'Amore


Meghan Rosen wins 2013 DCSWA Newsbrief Award
Honorable mentions to Tina Hesman Saey and Andrew Grant


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

For the 2013 award, four science writers on the DCSWA board judged more than 60 entries, including print, online, audio, and multimedia pieces. Writers for the D.C.-based magazine Science News swept the awards, earning the top prize plus both honorable mentions.

Most science writing awards go to complex, multipart stories, but those awards often fail to recognize one of the most challenging—and most common—tasks of the science writer: writing short. The DCSWA Newsbrief Award exists because short, accessible, and accurate pieces make an enormous contribution to the public understanding of science.

The winner is Meghan Rosen for “Paralyzed rats relearn to pee” in Science News. Rosen’s “images paint a vivid picture of the physiology of paralysis, while her masterful reporting makes clear the study's importance for human health. Her story, though perhaps not for the squeamish, is an example of short-form science writing at its best,” says one judge.

Rosen started as a full-time staff writer at Science News in February 2013, after a summer internship in 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology with an emphasis in biotechnology from University of California, Davis, and graduated from the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rosen won an honorable mention in last year's Newsbrief competition.

The judges also recognized two entries with honorable mentions. One went to Tina Hesman Saey for “Mole sniffs the world in stereo” and the other to Andrew Grant for “Single electron caught in action,” both in Science News.

An award ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 12, during DCSWA's annual Professional Development Day at the American Geophysical Union building in Washington, D.C. Rosen will be presented with a $500 prize and a crystal trophy. Saey and Grant will receive framed certificates.

DCSWA members were eligible to submit entries published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. 

Past winners are Sam Kean (2009), for a piece in ScienceNOW, Sarah Zielinski (2010), for a post on Smithsonian's Surprising Science blog, Nadia Drake (2011), for a story in Science News, and Lauren Wolf (2012), for a video for Chemical & Engineering News.

The D.C. Science Writers Association is an organization of about 500 science reporters, editors, authors, and public information officers based in the national capital area. For more information or to join, please visit Details on how to enter the 2014 Newsbrief Award will appear on the DCSWA website by the end of the year.


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