Call for applications: 2020 OSM Journalist for a Day program

ASLO Workshop: Be a Science Writer for a Day

 Looking to win a Pulitzer in your future? ASLO is offering a program for 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting attendees to sharpen their reporting and writing skills. Mentors Cheryl Dybas (ASLO Outreach Committee) and Chris Filstrup (Deputy Editor of the L&O Bulletin) will work with participants to produce a summary of a scientific session for publication in the L&O Bulletin.

Through this unique opportunity, you’ll learn the basics of good science writing, which is all about storytelling. By reporting and writing about research other than your own, and in the constraints of a 500-word piece, you’ll 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 public. (Read the products of our “Journalist for a Day” event at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in this issue of the Bulletin.) 

The program is open to applications from anyone attending the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting. Six to eight applicants will be selected to participate.

Participants will learn more about science writing in a pre-conference webinar, and will work with the program mentors on their submission to the L&O Bulletin.

Applicants should send one PDF with their combined materials to Cheryl Dybas ( and Chris Filstrup ( by November 30, 2019. Please place the words “Submission: ASLO J4Day 2020 OSM” in the subject line.

The application consists of:

  • a brief biography (100-word limit);
  • statement of interest (250-word limit);
  • list of 2 Ocean Sciences Meeting sessions you would like to cover;
  • a non-technical writing sample of 1,000 words or less.

ASLO looks forward to hearing from you!

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