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Statement from ABSW Board regarding Board Member Connie St Louis

The Board of the ABSW gives its full support to former President and current Board member Connie St Louis, Director of the MA in Science Journalism at City University London.
 
Connie St Louis has been the subject of online abuse and of attempts to discredit her professionally, simply for pursuing a story that she thought correctly was interesting and important.
  
The comments tweeted by Connie St Louis highlight the issue of sexism in science and the frustration that many feel at the slow progress being made to address it.  The reaction has included the #distractinglysexy campaign which has drawn attention to women scientists as intelligent, funny and clever women and great career models.  
However, this positive development has been overtaken by a media furore directed at Connie for the everyday act of reporting a news story. As an organisation of science writers which fosters excellence in journalism, we are deeply disturbed by this behaviour.
 
The ABSW would like to see a healthy debate on the issue of sexism in science, and has commissioned research on sexism in science journalism. Its members recognise that they have a role to play in the way they portray women scientists.  
 
Journalists need to be free to carry out their jobs without fear of personal attack. The ABSW Board is proud to support Connie, as it will support any of its members who may find themselves subject to such abuse in future.
 
City University has now issued a statement, along with a statement from Connie St Louis:
 
 
Yesterday's blog by Professor Uta Frith, Chair of the Royal Society Diversity Committee, soundly refocuses attention on the issue of sexism in science:
 
 
UCL has also released a strong statement regarding its commitment to equality for women in science:
 
 
 

Winners Announced in the 2015 Science Journalism Awards

Winners Announced in the 2015 Science Journalism Awards – hat-trick for Ian Sample of The Guardian in news

The winners of the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015, supported by Janssen Research and Development were announced at an Awards Ceremony held in London tonight (Thursday 25 June 2015).   Ian Sample of the Guardian scored a hat-trick by winning in the news category for the third year in a row.

Best feature  

Ewen Callaway, Tales of the Hobbit, published in Nature, 22-10-2014

Best news item

Ian Sample, Revealed: 100 safety breaches at UK labs handling potentially deadly diseases, published inThe Guardian, 04-12-2014.

Best scripted/edited television programme or online video

Team Entry: Executive Producer: Jonathan Renouf. Producer Director: Nathan Williams. Presenter: Michael Mosley. Researcher: Shamini Bundell. Infested! Living with parasites, A BBC Science Production, London for BBC Four. First broadcast 19-02-2014

Highly commended as a short film: Team entry:Director/Editor:Charlotte Stoddart. Reporter/Narrator:Lizzie Gibney. Laniakea:  Our home supercluster, Nature.com andthe Nature Video Channel on YouTube. First broadcast 03-09-2014

The Royal Society Radio Prize (A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast, supported by The Royal Society):

Team entry:Performer, Writer/researcher: Helen Keen. Writer/researcher:Miriam Underhill. Performer:Peter Serafinowicz. Producer:Gareth Edwards, It is Rocket Science (Life on Mars, Series 3 Episode 1), BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 02-04-2014

Best investigative journalism

Alexander Masters, A Plutocratic Proposal, published in Mosaic, the e-magazine for the Wellcome Trust, 27-10-2014

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context.   This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who died in 2010.   The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.

Team entry: Devised byJames Gallagher and Rachael Buchanan with additional reporting across BBC News, BBC Day of the Body Clock, published and broadcast on all BBC News platforms, 13-05-2014

Best newcomer

Maria Delaney, Freelance

Best student science blog

Matthew Warren, University of Oxford. Won’t somebody please think of the children? Technology and the adolescent brain, Neurobabble, 02-06-2014

Science blog award supported by Good Thinking

Kat Day, The Chronicle Flask,the Chronicle Flask

The IOP student science publication award supported by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics

Winner: Broadsheet, Imperial College – Editor-in-Chief: Ben Stockton, Sub Editors: Sophie Reid and Fiona Mashford

Runner Up: I, Science, Imperial College – Co-Editors in Chief: Jennifer Toes and Iona Twaddell and Magazine Editor: Kruti Shrotri

The winners of the first European Science Writer of the Year Award were announced earlier in June and both Tanja Rudez of Croatia and Jop de Vrieze of the Netherlands travelled to London to receive their Awards.

European Science Writer of the Year 2015

Winner: Tanja Rudez, science reporter at Jutarnji List daily, Croatia  – nominated by the Croatian Association of Science Journalists

Second: Jop De Vrieze, freelance journalist, The Netherlands – nominated by VWN (Dutch Association of Science Journalists)

Third: Ewen Callaway, senior reporter, Nature, UK – nominated by the Association of British Science Writers

The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015 attracted over 200 entries.  An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators judged the entries on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.

Award winners received a certificate and a small cash prize and enter the ABSW hall of fame that includes previous Award winners Sir David Attenborough, Sir John Maddox (Nature), and Judith Hann (BBC Tomorrow’s World).

Full details of the winners, those shortlisted, the rules and regulations for the awards, copies of articles where available, and a full list of judges can be found at http://www.absw.org.uk/jobs-awards/awards

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

Founded in 1947, the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) exists to help those who write about science, health and technology, and to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK. The ABSW is an association which includes science writers, journalists and broadcasters that promotes the highest standards of journalism and writing by encouraging investigation and creativity.   www.absw.org.uk @absw https://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-British-Science-Writers-ABSW/

Copies of the shortlisted articles/broadcasts are available on request and/or linked from the ABSW website where possible

About Janssen

At Janssen Research & Development, we are united and energized by one mission - to discover and develop innovative medicines that ease patient’s suffering, and solve the most important unmet medical needs of our time.

As one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, our strategy is to identify the biggest unmet medical needs and match them with the best science, internal or external, to find solutions for patients worldwide. We leverage our world-class discovery and development expertise, and operational excellence, to bring innovative, effective treatments in five therapeutic areas:

• cardiovascular and metabolism

• immunology

• infectious diseases and vaccines

• neuroscience

• oncology

We think of the world as our laboratory and we look for innovation wherever it exists. This drives our relentless search for the best science, and our pursuit of collaborations and partnerships. We believe there are no limits to what science can do. And we never lose sight of those who rely most on our discoveries. www.janssenrnd.com

IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing provides publications through which leading-edge scientific research is distributed worldwide. 

Beyond our traditional journals programme, we make high-value scientific information easily accessible through an ever-evolving portfolio of books, community websites, magazines, conference proceedings and a multitude of electronic services.

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support science through the activities of the Institute.

Go to ioppublishing.org  or follow us @IOPPublishing.

The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications.

In September 2013, we launched our first fundraising campaign. Our campaign, Opportunity Physics, offers you the chance to support the work that we do.

Visit us at www.iop.org or follow us on Twitter @physicsnews.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society.

These priorities are:

1.       Promoting science and its benefits

2.       Recognising excellence in science

3.       Supporting outstanding science

4.       Providing scientific advice for policy

5.       Fostering international and global cooperation

6.       Education and public engagement

For further information please visit http://royalsociety.org Follow the Royal Society on Twitter at http://twitter.com/royalsociety or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theroyalsociety

Good Thinking Society (http://goodthinkingsociety.org)

Good Thinking Society is a charity founded by Simon Singh, aimed at promoting science and challenging pseudoscience.  Its motto is: “Encouraging curious minds and promoting rational enquiry”.

ABSW Mentoring Scheme

Want to have your pitches or copy picked over by an experienced journalist? The ABSW's mentoring scheme could be for you. Aimed at early career science writers, the scheme entails a group of experienced editors looking over your story ideas or pitches, and helping to develop them further by providing constructive criticism and feedback. Think of it as a sneak-preview of professional science journalism. The scheme is is meant for members who have had little or no experience publishing their work professionally to hone their skills and make their first steps into publishing in professional media.
 
The scheme is only available to ABSW members. If you are already a  member sign in to access the scheme. If you are not a member, you could join to access this membership benefit.
 
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Sexism in Science Journalism - report commissioned by ABSW

The report commissioned by the ABSW on Sexism in Science Journalism has been published to tie in with the World Conference of Science Journalists currently taking place in Seoul

 

ABSW Science Writers' Awards Shortlists/European Science Writer of the Year Award Winner

The judging panel has met and decided the shortlists for the Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015, and the winner of the European Science Writer of the Year Award 2015.   Martin Ince, Chair of the Judging Panel and President of the ABSW said: “This is the first year for our latest award, European Science Writer of the Year.  The Award has provided a great opportunity to learn more about our colleagues throughout Europe and I am delighted to announce the winner, and the nominees from each country, who in effect are that country’s ‘Science Writer of the Year’.” 

The winners of all categories will be announced at the ABSW Science Writers Awards Ceremony on 25th June in London, following the ABSW’s first ever Science Journalism Summer School. The European Award and all other ABSW Awards are supported by Janssen Research and Development.

European Science Writer of the Year 2015

Winner: Tanja Rudez, science reporter at Jutarnji List daily,Croatia  – nominated by the Croatian Association of Science Journalists. Supporting articles: one, two, three

Second: Jop De Vrieze, freelance journalist,The Netherlands – nominated by VWN (Dutch Association of Science Journalists) Supporting articles: one, two, three

Third: Ewen Callaway, senior reporter, Nature,UK – nominated by the Association of British Science Writers. Supporting articles: one, two, three

Other Country nominees

Network of Science Journalists, based in SerbiaNenad Jarić Dauenhauer, Science reporter at tPortal in Croatia. Supporting articles: one, two, three   

Science Writers in Italy: Elisabetta Tola, freelance and Marco Boscolo, freelance. Supporting articles: one, two, three

AJSPI, Association des journalistes scientifiques de la presse d'information, France: Rafaële Brillaud, freelance. Supporting articles         

Balkan Association of Science Journalists:Tina Popovic, Reporter at the daily newspaper Vijesti.   Tina Popovic was highly commended by the judges for her investigative journalism. Supporting articles: one, two, three

Laboratory Times nomination: Jeremy Garwood, Freelance. Supporting articles

ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015 – shortlists in all categories

Best feature  

Anil Ananthaswamy, Einstein’s Silence, published in New Scientist, 12-04-2014

Ewen Callaway, Tales of the Hobbit, published in Nature, 22-10-2014

Erika Check Hayden, Ebola’s Lost Ward, published in Nature, 25-09-2014

Best news item

Steve Connor, One girl, three parents? A medical dilemma, published in The Independent, 26-08-2014

Ian Sample, Revealed: 100 safety breaches at UK labs handling potentially deadly diseases, published inThe Guardian, 04-12-2014

Helen Thomson, Gunshot victims to be suspended between life and death, published in New Scientist, 26-03-2014

Best scripted/edited television programme or online video

Team Entry: Executive Producer: Jonathan Renouf. Producer Director: Nathan Williams. Presenter: Michael Mosley. Researcher: Shamini Bundell. Infested! Living with parasites, A BBC Science Production, London for BBC Four. First broadcast 19-02-2014

Team Entry:Deputy Editor: Frank Simmonds. BBC Medical Correspondent:Fergus Walsh.  Producer/Director:Alison Priestley, To Walk Again (Panorama), BBC TV, Current Affairs for BBC One. First broadcast 21-10-2014

Highly commended as a short film: Team entry:Director/Editor:Charlotte Stoddart. Reporter/Narrator:Lizzie Gibney. Laniakea:  Our home supercluster, Nature.com and the Nature Video Channel on YouTube. First broadcast 03-09-2014

The Royal Society Radio Prize (NB: A prize for the best scripted/edited radio programme or podcast, supported by The Royal Society):

Team Entry:Reporter and presenter:Jonathan Amos. Producer: Andrew Luck-Baker. Frontiers: Rosetta Mission, BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 12-11-2014

Team entry:Performer, Writer/researcher: Helen Keen. Writer/researcher:Miriam Underhill. Performer:Peter Serafinowicz. Producer:Gareth Edwards, It is Rocket Science (Life on Mars, Series 3 Episode 1), BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 02-04-2014

Andrew Luck-Baker, Frozen in Mawson’s Footsteps, BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 29-01-2014

Best investigative journalism

Alexander Masters, A Plutocratic Proposal, published in Mosaic the e-magazine for the Wellcome Trust, 27-10-2014

Pallab Ghosh, Badger Cull: Suppressed Report, published and broadcast on all BBC News platforms, 26-02-2014

Alison Abbott, Leaked files slam stem-cell therapy, published in Nature, 07-01-2014

The NUJ Stephen White Award for best communication and reporting of science in a non science context.   This Award is made in memory of Stephen White a highly influential science communicator who sadly died in 2010.   The Award is possible due to a donation from Stephen’s widow Elizabeth.

Team entry: Devised by James Gallagher and Rachael Buchanan with additional reporting across BBC News, BBC Day of the Body Clock, published and broadcast on all BBC News platforms, 13-05-2014

Team Entry:Presenter:Adam Rutherford. Producer:Anna Buckley. Editor:Deborah Cohen. Intelligence: Born Smart, Born Equal, Born Different (Episode 1), BBC Radio Science Unit for BBC Radio 4. First broadcast 29-04-2014

Team Entry: Paul Rincon, BBC News Website.  Michael Lachmann, BBC TV. The First Spacewalk, BBC News Magazine Website, 13-10-2014

Best newcomer

Maria Delaney, Freelance

Janna Lawrence, Pharmaceutical Journal

Giovanni Ortolani, Freelance

Aviva Rutkin, reporter,New Scientist

Best student science blog

Paul Brack, Loughborough University. The unsung hero that is mitochondrial DNA, Experimentation online, 01-01-2014

Sana Suri, University of Oxford.Masters of deception: how spiders trick ants, Neurobabble, 02-11-2014

Matthew Warren, University of Oxford. Won’t somebody please think of the children? Technology and the adolescent brain, Neurobabble, 02-06-2014

Science blog award supported by Good Thinking

Kat Day, The Chronicle Flask,the Chronicle Flask

Team Entry: Pete Etchells, Chris Chambers, Molly Crockett and Thalia Gjersoe, Head Quarters,the Guardian

Team Entry: Editor: Leo Hickman, Science Editor: Roz Pidcock, Science Writer: Rob McSweeney, Policy Editor: Simon Evans, The Carbon Brief science blog, Carbonbrief

Henry Nicholls, Animal Magic,the Guardian

The IOP student science publication award supported by IOP Publishing and the Institute of Physics

Broadsheet, Imperial College – Editor-in-Chief: Ben Stockton, Sub Editors: Sophie Reid and Fiona Mashford

I, Science, Imperial College – Co-Editors in Chief: Jennifer Toes and Iona Twaddell and Magazine Editor Kruti Shrotri

Science 151, City University – Editor in Chief: Sara Naraghi, Assitant Editors: Richard Hodson, James Gaines and Caitlin Hamilton. View the full team.

The ABSW Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland 2015 attracted over 200 entries.  An independent panel of science journalists and science communicators judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.

 

Award winners will receive a certificate and a small cash prize and enter the ABSW hall of fame that includes previous Award winners Sir David Attenborough, Sir John Maddox (Nature), and Judith Hann (BBC Tomorrow’s World).

Visit the ABSW Awards pages for more.

Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)

Founded in 1947, the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) exists to help those who write about science, health and technology, and to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK. The ABSW is an association which includes science writers, journalists and broadcasters that promotes the highest standards of journalism and writing by encouraging investigation and creativity.   www.absw.org.uk @absw https://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-of-British-Science-Writers-ABSW/

Copies of the shortlisted articles/broadcasts are available on request and/or linked from the ABSW website were possible

About Janssen

At Janssen Research & Development, we are united and energized by one mission - to discover and develop innovative medicines that ease patient’s suffering, and solve the most important unmet medical needs of our time.

As one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, our strategy is to identify the biggest unmet medical needs and match them with the best science, internal or external, to find solutions for patients worldwide. We leverage our world-class discovery and development expertise, and operational excellence, to bring innovative, effective treatments in five therapeutic areas:

• cardiovascular and metabolism

• immunology

• infectious diseases and vaccines

• neuroscience

• oncology

We think of the world as our laboratory and we look for innovation wherever it exists. This drives our relentless search for the best science, and our pursuit of collaborations and partnerships. We believe there are no limits to what science can do. And we never lose sight of those who rely most on our discoveries. www.janssenrnd.com

IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing provides publications through which leading-edge scientific research is distributed worldwide. 

Beyond our traditional journals programme, we make high-value scientific information easily accessible through an ever-evolving portfolio of books, community websites, magazines, conference proceedings and a multitude of electronic services.

IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support science through the activities of the Institute.

Go to ioppublishing.org  or follow us @IOPPublishing.

The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications.

In September 2013, we launched our first fundraising campaign. Our campaign, Opportunity Physics, offers you the chance to support the work that we do.

Visit us at www.iop.org or follow us on Twitter @physicsnews.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, as it has been since its foundation in 1660, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society’s strategic priorities emphasise its commitment to the highest quality science, to curiosity-driven research, and to the development and use of science for the benefit of society.

These priorities are:

1.       Promoting science and its benefits

2.       Recognising excellence in science

3.       Supporting outstanding science

4.       Providing scientific advice for policy

5.       Fostering international and global cooperation

6.       Education and public engagement

For further information please visit http://royalsociety.org Follow the Royal Society on Twitter at http://twitter.com/royalsociety or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theroyalsociety

Good Thinking Society (http://goodthinkingsociety.org)

Good Thinking Society is a charity founded by Simon Singh, aimed at promoting science and challenging pseudoscience.  Its motto is: “Encouraging curious minds and promoting rational enquiry”.


Maria Delaney

Maria Delaney (@mhdelaney) is an Irish freelance journalist for national newspapers and radio with a special interest in science and health. Her portfolio is online at mhdelaney.comPieces for the Newcomer Award include: Special delivery: Microbes fresh from Irish patients (The Irish Times), Science Changes Lives: The day I finally heard the world in stereo(TheJournal.ie), Digesting sea lettuce: why our bioenergy isn't blooming (The Irish Times) and Sick of Hospitals (The Sunday Times) - a full page feature following her investigation into the superbugs VRE, ESBL and CRE in Irish hospitals. 
 

Science 151 the full team

Sara Naraghi, editor in chief
James Gaines, assistant editor
Richard Hodson, assistant editor
Caitlin Hamilton, assistant editor
Matthew Atherton, social media editor
Fiona Dennehy, social media editor
Jocelyn Timperley, reporter
Kevin Pollock, reporter
Sylvia Tippman, reporter
Lindsay Dodgson, reporter
Fathima Simjee, reporter 
Peter Stojanovic, reporter
Ines Nastali, reporter
 
 

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