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  • Professional Development Day 2017

Professional Development Day 2017

  • 08 Apr 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 5:15 PM
  • AAAS (1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005)


  • (Hint: If you sign up to be a member and register for the member rate, registration is actually cheaper!)
  • Every year we give scholarships to science writers that may have trouble paying the registration fee. The scholarships come from donations of our generous members. If you would like to sponsor a science writer this year, select this option. Members who sponsor a science writer still have to pay for their own PDD registration if they are attending.

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Professional Development Day, a full-day professional development event for science writers, has been DCSWA’s signature event since 2006. Every year, between 100 and 150 science reporters, PIOs, editors, radio and video producers and freelancers gather for a fun and exciting day of networking and skill-building! 

This year, PDD will include six panel sessions, three more interactive workshops, a plenary speaker, lunch, all-day resume coaching, and one-on-one pitching sessions with editors from top science publications. 

This year's plenary speaker is Juliet Eilperin from the Washington Post. Previously a national environmental reporter, she now serves as the WaPo's senior national affairs correspondent. With experiences in both environment and politics, she will give a talk about notable moments in her career as well as her recent experiences in journalism in the current climate.

The panel sessions and interactive workshops are listed below. Registration for all hands-on workshops are to be done ahead of time and are on a first come, first serve basis.

  • Writer's Aid: Get more assignments from editors
  • Media Law 101
  • The Impressionables: Science communication to engage children and teens
  • How to Use FOIA Laws and Public Databases to Find Stories
  • This is Your Brand on Social Media
  • The Art of Headline Writing (Hands-on workshop)
  • Self-editing (Hands-on workshop)
  • New Approaches to Video in Social Media (Hands-on workshop)

For the full agenda with brief descriptions, please click here. (Descriptions are at the bottom of the page.)

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