Created on Friday, 06 December 2013 15:51
ABSW member Robin McKie won Science and Technology Journalist of the Year at this week's British Journalism Awards.
The judges said: “He goes for the biggest subjects and makes technical issues compelling with his approachable style of writing. They were particularly impressed by his piece on controversial GM crop Golden Rice which it is claimed could save millions for blindness.”
The Awards now in their second year, are run by the Press Gazette, lead sponsor is Santander.
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:51
Stories about efforts to prevent the Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, about evolutionary stress on endangered pupfish in the Mojave Desert, and about the use of "crowdsourcing" to solve tough biological problems are among the winners of the 2013 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.
The awards, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since their inception in 1945, go to professional journalists for distinguished reporting for a general audience. TheKavli Foundation provided a generous endowment in 2009 that ensures the future of the awards program.
For the full story and list of winners see http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2013/1106_sja-winners.shtml
Created on Saturday, 14 September 2013 16:02
And the winner of the 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize is...
Royal Astronomical Society press release (forwarded from the Science and Technology Facilities Council)
RAS PR 13/49
12 September 2013
For immediate release
The winner of the 2013 European Astronomy Journalism Prize is author and astronomy journalist Stuart Clark for his piece ‘When the dust unsettles’. This article featured in New Scientist and looked at cosmic dust, the starting point for building whole planets and much else besides: http://www.stfc.ac.uk/files/
The award was announced at the British Science Festival 2013 media reception, sponsored by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), on 11 September 2013. The competition aims to promote coverage of astronomy and space science to further engage the public in science. This is particularly important as astronomy and space science are regularly referred to as core reasons that people are inspired to take up careers in science. The prize for the competition is a trip to Chile to see the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced optical light telescope.
Stuart said: “It is such an honour to win the European Astronomy Journalism Prize. Not only does Europe have an intensely rich history of astronomy behind it, I believe that it has is an even brighter future stretching ahead. I'm proud to represent that in my work.
Articles like this can only come about by collaborating with great editors and so I would like to share this award with Richard Webb and Valerie Jamieson of New Scientist”.
Professor David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, said: "Stuart's piece is a vivid demonstration of both his talent and the way that astronomy has an unceasing ability to capture the imagination of the public. He takes a lesser known topic - cosmic dust - and shows how it has a fundamental effect on the development of stars, planets and even life. Congratulations to him for winning this prestigious award."
STFC Head of Communications and competition judge, Terry O’Connor, said. “Stuart’s piece was a joy to read. It was well written, in a style accessible for the general public, and addressed an area of fundamental astronomical research, but it also crucially added the human element - healthy disagreement between scientists about the meaning of data, which gave the reader an insight into a common driver of breakthrough research.”
Latvian journalist Sandra Kropa and UK BBC journalist Jonathan Amos were also highly commended by the judging panel of five which was made up of representatives from the ESO, STFC, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Association of British Science Writers and journalist Dirk Lorenzen. Sandra entered the competition with her piece, ‘ALMA – the birth of a giant telescope: www.stfc.ac.uk/files/156/156_
Sandra said: “The Universe has a lot of stories to tell and I like to show people how scientists try to decode these messages. I am very happy that the jury appreciated how I talk about it. This competition proved to me that there are no national borders in science or in science communication”.
Stuart will take up his prize to Chile later this year.
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Founded in 1947, the ABSW is the professional organisation for science writers in the UK. Its 800 members write everything from news stories to books and TV programmes. It runs the UK’s science journalism awards, holds the UK Conference of Science Journalists, and helps entrants to the profession to expand their skills. It is a leading member of the World Federation of Science Journalists and is involved in promoting science journalism in the developing world.
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The date of the ABSW AGM will be Thursday 27th March 2014. Of course further reminders and details will follow but for those who like to forward plan then you can put this date in the diary. It will be an evening meeting in London, venue tbc. The AGM is a key meeting at which the members of the Board are elected and the President reports on the year's activities along with presentation of the accounts and a report from the ABSW auditors.
For more on the governance of the ABSW see the Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders of the Association.
Created on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 14:43
The date of the ABSW AGM will be Thursday 27th March 2014. Of course further reminders and details will follow but for those who like to forward plan then you can put this date in the diary. It will be an evening meeting in London, venue tbc. The AGM is a key meeting at which the members of the Board are elected and the President reports on the year's activities along with presentation of the accounts and a report from the ABSW auditors. For more on the governance of the ABSW see the newly posted Memorandum, Articles and Standing Orders.