Be a "Journalist for a Day" at ASLO 2018 in Victoria

Looking to win a Pulitzer in your future? ASLO and NSF are hosting a mini-workshop for up to 10 attendees to sharpen their reporting and writing skills. Mentors Adrienne Sponberg (ASLO Director of Communications and Science, Editor-in-Chief for L&O Bulletin) and Cheryl Dybas (NSF Senior Science Writer) will work with participants before, during, and after the conference to produce a summary of a scientific session for publication in the L&O Bulletin. Through this unique opportunity, you will learn the basics of good science journalism, which is all about storytelling. By reporting and writing about research other than your own, as a journalist would, and in the constraints of a 500-to-800-word piece, you will learn some of the tricks of the trade, in the process becoming a better writer. Good writing skills are important in every facet of science: from relating to colleagues and peer-reviewers to communicating with the general public. (Read the products of our inaugural “Journalist for a Day” event at the 2016 Ocean Sciences Meeting in this issue of the Bulletin.)


This program is open to anyone attending the 2018 ASLO Summer Meeting. Participants will learn more about science writing in a pre-conference webinar and will work with the program mentors during and after the conference on their submission for the L&O Bulletin.

Interested applicants should complete ASLO Journalist for a Day application by May 25, 2018. The application consists of:

  • a brief biography (200 word limit),
  • statement of interest (500 word limit),
  • list of 3 ASLO Summer Meeting sessions you would like to cover,
  • a non-technical writing sample of 1000 words or less.

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria!

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