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Metcalf Institute 2016 Science Immersion Fellowship

Gain science knowledge and investigative reporting tools to report new environmental stories through hands-on workshop
Do you have the science background, sources, and investigative tools needed to dig into environmental stories and advance your career?
Do you want to recharge your battery, gain new perspectives, and network with journalists from around the globe? 
The University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting  a global leader in providing science training for journalists, is accepting applications for its competitive 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 5-12, 2016.
The workshop will be held at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography  one of the nation’s premier oceanographic research institutions and home to Metcalf Institute. Ten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board, and career-changing professional training, thanks to the generosity of private donors and the Metcalf Institute endowment.
Using the world’s best-studied estuary, Narragansett Bay, as a living laboratory, the workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. In the field, lab, and classroom, Metcalf Fellows gain a greater understanding of how scientists conduct research, build confidence in their abilities to discern the credibility of scientific sources, and acquire the skills needed to comb through complex scientific data to break stories on a range of science and environmental topics. The workshop also provides a unique opportunity for Fellows to network with leading researchers, policy experts, and other journalists in an informal, off-deadline atmosphere.
Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop alumni hail from the U.S. and around the world, including the Philippines, Israel, South Africa, China, Singapore, Brazil, and India. Metcalf Fellows represent a wide variety of small and large news organizations ranging from local and regional newspapers and broadcast outlets to online and national/international outlets.
“I have learned so much about pollutants, storm damage, and fisheries management,” said 2015 Annual Workshop alumnus, Kevin Bunch, of C & G Newspapers.  “I can think of no professional development program that has been more helpful to me.”
“The experiences gained at the Metcalf Fellowship are invaluable – I’ve been able to connect and build relationships with like-minded journalists along with experts in science who’ve shared not only their knowledge but also new and innovative ways to decipher science and research,” said 2013 Annual Workshop alumna Ginger Vaughn.  “Metcalf’s Fellowship is by far the best science workshop I’ve attended and has contributed to my better understanding/interpretation of critical environmental issues we face today.”
Apply for the Annual Workshop by February 5, 2016.
The 2016 Metcalf Fellows will:
  • Gain skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences;
  • Develop a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
  • Explore the development and use of sea level rise models for projecting impacts and responses;
  • Measure emerging aquatic contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals not currently monitored or regulated;
  • Conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
  • Discuss the relationships between climate change and extreme weather;
  • Enjoy off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting.
Early to mid-career journalists from all media, and journalists who are new to reporting on science and environmental topics, are invited to apply. Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in improving and expanding their coverage of environmental topics and a desire to gain a better understanding of scientific research methods through field and lab work. The fellowship includes room, board, tuition, and travel support paid after the program. U.S.-based journalists are eligible for up to US$500 in travel support and those working outside of the U.S. may receive a reimbursement of up to US$1,000 with written assurance that they will be able to pay the full costs of their travel and can obtain the appropriate visa.
Applications for the 2016 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists must be submitted online, postmarked, or emailed by February 5, 2016. Apply for the workshop here. 
About Metcalf Institute:
Metcalf Institute is a globally recognized leader in providing environmental science training for journalists. The Institute also offers communication workshops for scientists, science resources for journalists and free public lectures on environmental topics. Metcalf Institute was established at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography in 1997 with funding from three media foundations: the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, with additional support from the Telaka Foundation. Metcalf programming is underwritten by federal and foundation grants, as well as private donations managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation.
Karen Southern
Director of Communications
Metcalf Institute
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
401- 874-6486 fax
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Science Writer sought by Chemical Watch

Chemical Watch is looking for an experienced UK-based science writer to join its team of motivated journalists in writing about one of the most dynamic and challenging agendas for businesses today. 
Our recruit will be in at the start of a major new product launch allowing them to help us shape, build and implement this. It will build on four previous very successful product launches.
Chemical Watch is a UK-based online B2B news provider with a growing global business readership concerned with the safety of chemicals in products. Since our launch we have achieved a reputation for providing accurate, well-written, objective news.
This is a full-time staff position offering a competitive salary, employer-contributed pension scheme and the ability to work from home with frequent team meetings in London or at our offices in Bath or Shrewsbury. The job will entail global travel as well as opportunities to participate and lead our online and live events.
The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing, researching, writing and editing our news and features on the science of product chemicals safety. They will report on the rapid evolution in understanding of the toxicological and ecotoxicological impacts of chemicals, discuss regulator and company attempts to map exposure to hazardous chemicals throughout product lifecycles and get to know the professionals working in this field to understand their needs.
This person will be an experienced journalist with a science degree, ideally but not necessarily with knowledge of toxicology. They must have a keen news sense and the drive to make a difference with clear, accurate articles delivered to deadline and tailored to our readership. They will be able to plan their workloads well and enjoy liaising with the rest of the editorial team to achieve articles that no-one else can.
More than this, they will quickly find themselves at the centre of a unique global community. They will enjoy managing an active network of contacts and contributors and the power to meet this community’s needs through the information we provide.
Closing Date : Wednesday 16 December 2015
Name: Mamta Patel
Organisation: Chemical Watch
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Join the pool of SciencePOD writers and editors

SciencePOD—which stands for Science Prose On-Demand—delivers a high-quality science writing and editing service to academic publishers, research organisation and many more entities who work in field related to science, medicine and technology are keen to publish high-quality work. We mainly publish magazine-style articles in a slick tablet-ready platform targeted at mainstream audiences. 
We are currently recruiting new science journalists and science writers to join our permanent pool of freelancers. So now is the time to register with us.
Being registered on SciencePOD will give you an opportunity to write on a wide range of topics spanning all sciences and technologies. You will have personalised online contact and support from our SciencePOD commissioning editors. The commissions will be allocated on the basis of scientific expertise, journalistic or writing experience, and geographical requirements in terms of language. The rate is calculated for each job, depending on the complexity of the work and the amount of work required. Please note, we welcome applicants with multiple language skills as they are valued by our clients.
If you are interested, do not delay and register here: 
Please ensure that you attach samples of your work, as well as a link to your CV together with an accurate description of your fields of expertise, as these will be used by commissioning editors to allocate the work. 
Feel free to get in touch, should you have any queries. 
See you online on the SciencePOD platform.
Sabine Louet
Founder SciencePOD
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Closing Date: Thursday 31 March 2016

Cancer Research UK - call for freelance science writers

Cancer Research UK - research communications
At Cancer Research UK we produce content for our research community. We are putting together a panel of freelance science writers for a variety of commissions, helping us to communicate specific areas of our work to a wider audience, through print and online communications.
One example is the latest edition of the CRUK researcher annual publication Pioneering Research 2014/15, launched in July 2015.
If you’re interested in being considered, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with examples of your work and details of your subject areas.
Closing date: 30th October
Please note this post relates to being added to a pool of freelancers rather than an offer of immediate work.

Write Reference Books for the Parenteral Drug Association

An opportunity exists to write reference books for the Parenteral Drug Association (US). The list of topics is provided below and is just a starting list and ideas are welcome. The writing is paid on a royalty only basis, which is 10% for single authors. However it is possible to be the editor of a book and in collaboration produce a book on a topic using chapters from a number of authors (the royalty arrangement for this type of book is different).
The text must contain some current regulatory material from a European/global perspective (the point is to produce more texts written from a European angle). If you have a particular topic that is not on the list please let me know. For any book I need a two to three paragraph proposal, a tentative table of contents and estimated page count to present to the Technical Advisory Book Board at the PDA. .
Aseptic Processing
Biotech  (Bioprocessing, Biosimilars, etc.)
Microbiology (modern techniques)
Pre-filled syringes
Single-use systems
Supply chain practices
Packaging (any and all manner)
Drug delivery challenges
Personalized Medicines
Contact ABSW Member Huw Kidwell for more information  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Cancer Reporter Award - Call for nominations



The European School of Oncology (ESO) is seeking nominations for its annual Best Cancer Reporter Award which honours excellence in cancer journalism. The Award is presented each year to a professional journalist who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing public understanding about cancer. 

The winning journalist will receive a price of €10,000 and there will also be one runner up prize of €5,000. In addition, articles from award-winning journalists will be published in ESO’s Cancer World magazine (   

Would you like to nominate a journalist from your country who deserves to be recognised for excellence in cancer journalism?

Do you think that you should be rewarded for your critical and accurate reporting on cancer?

If so, submit a nomination form to ESO by April 30, 2013.

 For full details and a nomination form visit 
or contact Corinne Hall
+39 02 85 46 45 22
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