Better Know A Media Org: NASW

nasw_logo.pngToday’s organization: National Association of Science Writers (NASW)

About the organization:
The NASW exists to promote “the free flow of science news.” Its members are freelancers and staff writers at “most of the major newspapers, wire services, magazines, and broadcast outlets in the country. It also welcomes members who are the public information officers on science from government labs, universities, and other institutions.”

Number of members:2,600+

To join, you must:

For regular membership, submit five samples of work you produced for a lay audience in the past five years; you must include the publication or airing dates for each entry. Also, submit the names of two NASW members to sponsor you.

You’ll get:
Job leads
Free website hosting

And for that, you’ll pay:
$75 for U.S. regular membership
$80 for Canadian regular membership
$90 for other foreign regular membership
$35 for U.S. student membership
$40 for foreign student membership

We’ve compiled as many professional organizations as we can find in all the disciplines that mediabistro visitors work in, and will be featuring one a day til we run out. We’re going in alphabetical order so nobody feels slighted, but if we skipped your favorite group by mistake, please let us know.