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Sept. 6: Save the Date: Science, Journalism, and Democracy: Grappling with a New Reality


Science, Journalism, and Democracy: Grappling with a New Reality

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The current media landscape is a confusing swirl of reality, misinformation, and so-called fake news. Where does science communication fit into this mess? And how can science communicators navigate a political climate that’s increasingly hostile to both science and journalism?

This one-day conference will give science communicators new tools for doing their jobs in the current political climate. It will also help attendees learn strategies to get answers from governmental agencies and other sources that may be reluctant to answer questions. Conference attendees will hear not only from journalists and PIOs but also from historians, psychologists, lawyers, and scientists exploring the evolving interactions among science, journalism, and democracy in our society.


Organizing committee:

Brooke Borel
Freelance journalist and author
Board member, NASW

David Levine
Freelance health/medical writer
Board co-chair, SWINY

Joe Bonner
Freelance communications consultant
Board co-chair, SWINY

Franklin Hoke
Ex. Dir., Communications and Public Affairs
The Rockefeller University

Conference venue:
The Rockefeller University
Carson Family Auditorium
1230 York Avenue
New York, New York 10065

For more information, please contact Brooke Borel at A full agenda and other details about the conference will be forthcoming in August, including information about live-streaming the event. Please save the date! And please share this email with colleagues who might be interested in attending.

Aug. 23: Cybersecurity and You: Risks, Precautions, and Responses

Cybersecurity and You:
Risks, Precautions, and Responses

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Courtesy Nick Youngson –


It’s in the headlines 24/7.  We’ve all learned that no person, institution, election, or organization is safe from hacking or other cybercrimes.

Since everyone is vulnerable, what can we each do to lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim?

Please join Science Writers in New York and the NYC Metro Chapter of the Editorial Freelancers Association to explore cybersecurity for journalists, writers, and editors. Two experts will explain the threats and some tools that can help protect you.


Beverly Stacy, MBA, is the owner and Information Architect of Façade Interactive, where cybersecurity has become a major focus. For writers and editors, specifically, Beverly will cover both proactive steps (such as firewalls and security plug-ins), and reactive measures (including webmaster warning tools and the best responses to a site hack). Beverly founded Façade 18 years ago to meld quality programming and outstanding design to help small and medium-size companies build their digital façade, and heads a team of 12 programmers.

Sandeep Junnarkar is director of interactive journalism (and a founding faculty member) at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He worked at as a founding Web editor, writer, and producer when the Times first went online. Sandeep’s numerous awards for investigative reporting include one for his 2002 series, “Cracking the Nest Egg,” a prescient exposé shedding light on how hackers’ increasing attacks on online banks suggested they were about to hack into all aspects of our digital lives. Sandeep will focus on journalists’ digital weaknesses, and ways to fortify your digital files and communications, in an overview of how you can protect your sources, your reporting, and your credibility.

Q&A will follow the presentations. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, August 23
Doors open 6:15 p.m., program begins 6:30 p.m.

Editorial Freelancers Association
71 West 23 Street, 4th floor
(between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Nearest subway stops: F or R to 23 Street
PHOTO ID REQUIRED for entry to the building.

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Cost: Due to the urgency of this information, SWINY invites members and their guests to attend at no charge.


Seating is limited. Please register by Tuesday, August 22. If you are unable to attend, please cancel to make your seat available to others.

June 20: SWINY’s Sixth Annual Private Tour in Central Park



How the “green team” Saved Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Join us to learn, explore, climb, enjoy and discover

Tuesday, June 20: 6–8 pm (rain or shine)

Photo: Rebecca Fuhrer

For half a century, Hallett Nature Sanctuary was partially closed. It was finally restored, to develop naturally and sustainably, but soon the native trees were under vicious attack by an invasive species. Could a natural haven ever survive in the Park’s southeast corner?

On SWINY’s exclusive private tour, we’ll find out how Central Park’s experts ultimately solved their botanical calamity.  The completed sanctuary reopened just two months ago. Special thanks to Michael Graff—our experienced, fascinating guide, for the sixth consecutive year. In addition to leading the SWINY group again, he’s invited world-renowned naturalist Dr. Gary Lincoff to add expertise and insights. We will:

  • Explore the brand new rocky walking trails that took years to build
  • Climb the Park’s 3rd highest promontory and savor its memorable Manhattan views
  • Visit a secret spot not known to the public
  • Spot the Sanctuary’s animal life—snapping turtles, swans, egrets, herons, raccoons, rabbits, woodchucks, assorted fish—plus the usual Central Park bird gang
  • Walk through the gate made of fallen trees, newly designed and crafted by Park staff
  • Welcome the imminent Summer Solstice

Bring cameras and binoculars. Wear walking shoes; those new trails are uneven in spots. We look forward to seeing you in the park!

Meeting place provided after you register.


  • $5 for SWINY/NASW members
  • $15 for non-members
  • Children from ages 8 to 12 are welcome as guests of SWINY

Please sign up early; the group is limited to 20:

REFUND/CANCELATION POLICY: This event will take place rain or shine. However, SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Monday, June 19.

P.S.  Does Hallet sound familiar? SWINY’s first Central Park tour was held here.  Since then, the area has become a sanctuary and undergone significant changes.  Anyone at the 2012 outing will see several places that had been inaccessible or nonexistent.