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Apply for ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship - Deadline extended until 31 May 2015

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School - Thursday 25 June 2015, London - Registration now open

ABSW Executive Board elections 2015 - view the results and meet your new Board

Future Events - let the ABSW Board know what events you would like to see programmed

The 3rd UK Conference of Science Journalists Wednesday 18 June 2014 in London.  Read all about it, video and audio now posted

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The ABSW Awards 2015, supported by Janssen R&D, closed to entry at midnight on Wednesday 18 March 2015.  Good luck with your entry.   The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 25 June 2015.

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Civil Service Code - the story continues

Saturday, 09 May 2015 - A response has been received to the ABSW letter sent to the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General expressing concern about revisions to the Civil Service Code that could prevent scientists responding to the... Read More...

ABSW former President, Connie St Louis elected to WFSJ board

Friday, 08 May 2015 - Connie St Louis, former President of the ABSW and currently the Board's European Representative, has been elected to the Board of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Connie was elected alongside Mohammed Yahia of Egypt, a further vote is... Read More...

ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship - Extended Deadline for Applications

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - Deadline extended until midnight on Sunday 31 May 2015   NB:   The extended deadline is to try to encourage a larger number of entries and is no reflection on the quality or suitability of any entries already received   An article by... Read More...
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Executive Board Election Results 2015

Monday, 30 March 2015 - Executive Board Election Results 2015  There were no contested posts in the 2015 elections, and in accordance with the process decided on and approved in conjunction with the election tellers, the candidates standing were approved by the AGM... Read More...

ABSW Expresses Concern Over Changes to Civil Service Code

Friday, 27 March 2015 - The ABSW has signed a joint letter to the Rt Hon Francis Maude MP Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General expressing concern about revisions to the Civil Service Code that could prevent scientsts responding to the needs of... Read More...
ABSW Event: In conversation with Professor Sir Mark Walport
Monday, 13 October 2014 - Latest news:   Read about it in tweets - Storify now published   The Association of... Read More...
ABSW Panel Debate on Investigative Journalism - live blog
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ABSW Panel Debate on Investigative Journalism
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AGM Set for Thursday 27 March 2014
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 - The date of the ABSW AGM will be Thursday 27th March 2014.   Of course further reminders and... Read More...
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013 -   Biosciences for Farming in Africa invite you to meet some of Africa's leading journalists in... Read More...
Mark Miodownik wins Royal Society Winton Prize for Books 2014
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 - From the Royal Society website...   Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books   Mark... Read More...
Science and Technology Journalist of the Year - Finalists announced British Journalism Awards
Monday, 10 November 2014 - The finalists in the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards have now been announced.   A few... Read More...
Winners named in 2014 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards competition
Monday, 10 November 2014 - Press Release issued by AAAS 6 Nov 2014   Stories exploring the complexities of human biology,... Read More...
Contributoria.com - the love child of Medium and Kickstarter
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New libel laws brought into force after a 5-year campaign
Sunday, 05 January 2014 - New Year’s Day saw the most radical update of libel laws in England and Wales for many years.... Read More...

ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship - Open for Applications

The Association of British Science Writers would like to encourage investigative science journalism within the UK and has therefore established a Fellowship to enable a journalist experienced in investigative journalism to carry out a detailed investigation.  It is hoped that the Fellowship will be made annually however this will be reviewed after year one.  The Fellowship is to support an experienced journalist who would otherwise not be able to carry out this work (ie: employer cannot support the necessary timescale/freelancer that cannot financially support themselves for a longer term investigation).   The ABSW is also looking at ways of encouraging newcomers to the field and of encouraging investigative journalism in science more widely.
 
There will be two stages to the Fellowship Programme:   
 
In stage one three individuals will be selected and provided with ‘seed funding’ to further develop their proposal and to secure commitment from an editor for publication or broadcast of their investigation.  
 
In stage two one individual will be selected to receive full funding to complete their investigation. The Fellowship is open to ABSW full members whether they are staff or freelance (to join the ABSW see here). You may apply for the Fellowship whilst your application for ABSW membership is considered; you do not have to wait for confirmation of membership. 
 
The Fellowship does not support overseas travel and proposals need to have implications nationally or locally within the UK.
 
Applying for the Fellowship (stage one):
 
To apply for the Fellowship the applicant must write a detailed proposal for the full investigation that they wish to carry out.  NB: Even though this is for stage one ‘seed funding’ the ABSW will require full details of the investigation that would be undertaken at stage two.
 
The ABSW encourages proposals that offer groundbreaking stories. However, if the subject has been covered previously, please acknowledge that coverage and explain how the proposed investigation would significantly advance the story. 
 
Proposals must be journalistic and break ‘news’ and be able to be completed within three months (full time) or the equivalent timescale if being completed part time. NB: Flexibility will be built into the stage two fellowship so that the investigation can be completed.  Reviews at various time points will be built into the stage two fellowship to monitor progress and allow for any time extension deemed necessary by the ABSW 
 
The proposal should outline the story, what you expect to uncover, how this will be done, and the types of sources to be used.  The ABSW will expect evidence of a strong case for the investigation which will require the applicant to already have carried out some initial investigative work to support their case.   The stage one fellowship will not support initial development of a ‘hunch’ or ‘idea’.  The proposal should outline the further work that the seed funding would support to develop the investigation.
 
Proposals should not run to more than 1000 words and should include, details of the exiting evidence already gathered by the journalist, a paragraph or two summarizing the crux of the story and details of how the seed funding would be used.  
 
Include the anticipated start and completion date of the full investigation in the proposal. 
Proposals will remain the intellectual property of the applicant and will be treated with the strictest confidence.
 
The ABSW will expect the applicant to have considered any legal implications of their investigation and to have outlined them within the proposal. The ABSW will have no legal responsibility for the actions of the Fellow or the final published/broadcast work.
 
The proposal must be supported by the following documents:
 
  • CV 
  • Detailed budget for the full investigation
  • Two examples of published/broadcast investigative work 
 
The budget should give a detailed breakdown of the costs identified by the journalist for carrying out the full investigation, the main costs will be expected to be a salary costs for freelancers and for staff journalists who will be required to take an agreed unpaid sabbatical from their employer to complete the project (either full or part time).
  
The Fellowship will not cover capital costs such as the purchase of computers/cameras etc but could for example include the purchase of software for data analysis.  
 
In the case of journalists with staff positions the application for the Fellowship must be discussed and agreed with their employer before submission.  The ABSW will of course discuss the Fellowship with your employer if they have particular queries or concerns. 
 
Selection/Notification Process:
From the stage one proposals three individuals will be selected to receive seed funding of between £500 and £1000 to further develop their ideas and to obtain a statement of commitment from an editor stating that the project will be published or broadcast if completed according to the proposal and in accordance with the outlet’s news standards (the editors contact details will also be required and the ABSW reserves the right to contact the editor if necessary).  
 
Those selected to receive ‘seed funding’ will be notified within a month of the closing date for applications and will be required to further develop their proposal for submission to the ABSW within one month of payment of the seed funding.
 
Stage one awardees will be notified within one month of submission of their secondary proposal re their success or otherwise in receiving the full funding (stage two).
 
Payment of stage one Fellowship funding:
Payment will be made in full for those selected for stage one ‘seed funding’
 
Payment of stage two Fellowship funding:
Two thirds of the funding will be made to the successful applicant at the outset of the fellowship period.   The remaining third will be paid on the successful completion of the project.
 
Application Process:
Please ensure you have read all of the above requirements before completing the application form.  You are strongly advised to prepare your proposal, budget and CV in a separate programme so that you may then save it and copy and paste into the application form.   The application form can not save part completed applications.
 
Closing Date: Midnight Sunday 31 May 2015
 
Notification of Fellowship seed funding (one month after closing date)
 
All enquiries should be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 

 

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