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Professional Development Day 2018

  • 07 Apr 2018
  • 8:15 AM - 5:15 PM
  • AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005


  • Current students of science journalism or communication programs may attend PDD at a discounted rate. If you are a student, email president@dcswa.org for information on how to register.

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! 

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 8:15 am - 5:15 pm (plus happy hour afterward)
Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Cost: $55 for DCSWA members; $80 for non-members
The deadline to register online is April 6.

This year’s plenary speakers include:
Kim Arcand, Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Kim is an award-winning director and producer and co-author of the bestselling book Magnitude: The Scale of the Universe published last fall.

Rick Borchelt, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Rick has had a varied career leading science communications and public policy efforts at government agencies and nonprofit institutions, including the White House, Congress and the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the first PIO president of DCSWA!

This year’s breakout sessions include:
Covering sexual harassment in science
Finding and using art that works
Writing killer ledes
Incorporating narrative and storytelling into your writing
Turning historical science stories into books
Launching investigative projects in your own newsroom
Covering conflicts of interest

Full session descriptions, panel speakers, and the final schedule will be posted to the DCSWA website in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Professional Development Day scholarship applications now open
Every year, DCSWA offers several scholarships to early-career or other science writers wishing to attend Professional Development Day for whom paying the registration fee would be a hardship. In exchange, scholars agree to write short reports of sessions and to help staff the registration table. Apply for a Professional Development Day scholarship here. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 23, 2018.

Support a science writer
If you’re interested in making a donation to the Professional Development Day scholarship fund to help a student, early-career or other science writer with financial need take advantage of one of science writing’s top professional development opportunities, you can donate on this page or email president@dcswa.org for more information.

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