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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
 
 

Civil Service Code - the story continues

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 needs of journalists.

The response does little to reassure those that signed the original letter (ABSW/SMC/Stempra) as highlighted in an article written by Fiona Fox, Chief Executive of the SMC in Research Fortnight.

The BMJ has also taken up this issue in a Feature published at the end of April (NB: the full article is behind BMJ paywall)

The ABSW, alongside the SMC and Stempra will continue to monitor changes to the Code, its effect on civil service scientists and on the freedom for such scientists to speak with journalists. 

  

ABSW former President, Connie St Louis elected to WFSJ board

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 currently taking place for the third available post as the first round of voting resulted in a tie between Olivier Dessibourg (Switzerland) and Wolfang Goede (Germany).

For a full run down of the candidates and the votes see the WFSJ website.

 

 

 

ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship - Extended Deadline for Applications

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 Martin Ince, President of the ABSW has been published by The Guardian today (Tuesday 28 April 2015) to publicise further the ABSW's Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship.   The Fellowship was established by the ABSW last year but has so far failed to attract a significant number of entries.   The ABSW has therefore decided to have one last push on getting applications by writing the piece for the Guardian and extending the deadline until the end of May.    
 
Details of the Fellowship and how to apply:
 
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 might 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 - Tuesday 30 June 2015)
 
All enquiries should be directed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Executive Board Election Results 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 held on Thursday 26th March 2015.   The candidates took up post immediately after the AGM and will decide on co-opted members at their first meeting in April, to enable student and associate members to be represented on the Board.

Welcome to your new Executive Board

President

Martin Ince

Nominated by: Victoria Parsons & Wendy Barnaby

Supporting Statement: I am president of the ABSW and have previously been board/committee member and treasurer. I was finance director of the World Conference in London in 2009. Very few branches of writing or journalism in the UK have a professional association as capable as the ABSW. It's an honour to be president. I would very much like a further year in office and promise if elected to make time for this important commitment. The ABSW is now well-run and in good financial shape. Its members benefit from a growing range of activities such as the UK Conference of Science Journalists, and can win broader recognition via our flourishing awards scheme. Both of these have attracted sponsorship, and the awards are being expanded with the addition of new categories. I have several priorities for the next stage of the ABSW's development. One is to strengthen your board with new members. Another is to take forward a mooted scheme for mentoring entrants to the profession, an idea that has come from members and which we are planning to take forward. Yet another, arising from an idea by board colleagues, is a Summer School for ABSW members in years when we do not run a complete UKCSJ. In addition, we are looking at ways of working more effectively with colleagues elsewhere in Europe and with the Ugandan science journalists, our partner organisation in the global south.  I'd very much like your support to continue this work for a further year, and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.    

Vice President

Mico Tatalovic

Nominated by: Martin Ince & Josh Howgego

Supporting Statement: ABSW today is a successful association that organises great events for its members, from the annual awards to the UK conference – and most recently a summer school for science journalism. It is also at a cutting edge of developments in the sector with its generous fellowship for investigative science journalism and playing a part in reinvigorating science journalism at the European level (through a new award for the best European science writer, and through its work to establish a new European federation of science journalists). It also supports science journalism in developing nations (By twinning with Uganda’s USJA and by co-organising investigative journalism fellowship for the developing world with SciDev.Net).  In my three years or so on the ABSW committee I have seen it become more ambitious. I would like to help keep steering it towards doing good things for its members and for science journalism in general.  As before, I am keen to keep trying to make the board more responsive to its members and press on with supporting student and early-career members as well as with a more prudent use of resources, by actually increasing spending on activities our members want to see.  

Treasurer

Victoria Parsons

Nominated by: Martin Ince & Harriet Bailey

Supporting Statement: I started on the ABSW board as student representative, and have also helped with events. As our current Treasurer must step down I would like to offer myself as the new Treasurer. I am keen for the ABSW to expand as an organisation and continue its excellent work in supporting its membership of science journalists and communicators. The Executive Board posts elected annually and an outline of the responsibilities of each posts are as follows (please scroll down for more on the actual nomination process and the nomination form).

European Representative

Connie St Louis

Nominated by: Beki Hill & Harriet Bailey

Supporting Statement: Over the last year I have continued to work on behalf of the ABSW with other European Associations to form a new European Federation of Science Journalism (EFSJ). You may remember at the last AGM; the ABSW board was given a mandate by members to leave EUSJA, which was not fit for purpose in the areas of governance and finance. During the year preparations have been made create to a European Federation of Science Journalism. The Swiss and Dutch Association have also left EUSJA and a number of other associations including Italy, Germany will be asking their members to join to become founding members of this new federation. It is hoped that the ABSW membership will support plans to continue with this new formation.

General Executive Board Member (7 posts available)

Wendy Grossman

Nominated by: Martin Ince & Mico Tatalovic

Supporting Statement: I am a long-time board member originally coopted to assist with the adoption of new technologies such as the website. I help represent ABSW in the Creators Rights Alliance and generally contribute ideas and problem-solving.

Beki Hill

Nominated by: Ehsan Masood & Martin Ince

Supporting Statement: I have held the position of ABSW member (in charge of events) for a number of years, and would like to stand again for the next term. I have experience of organising science outreach events and have organised a number of successful ABSW events during my time. I would like to stand again to continue to organise events. I would also like to engage with ABSW members in organising the events, and would welcome help and suggestions for event topics.

Joshua Howgego

Nominated by: Mico Tatalovic & Beki Hill

Supporting Statement: I am an early career science editor, currently at SciDev.Net. I'm interested in representing people similarly at the beginning of their careers. And I would like to see the ABSW work to help open up new routes of entry into the profession for people from diverse backgrounds.  

Katharine Sanderson

Nominated by: Bea Perks & Richard Van Noorden

Supporting Statement: I have been a member of the executive board for the past year, and would love to continue my involvement with the continuing work of ABSW. I’m a freelancer, having previously been on staff at Nature and Chemistry World.   I'm particularly interested in ways that ABSW can support freelancers, young writers and those who aren't based in London.

 

 

 

ABSW Expresses Concern Over Changes to Civil Service Code

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 journalists. 

The letter has been signed by:

Martin Ince, President, ABSW

Sir Colin Blakemore, Honorary President ABSW

Fiona Fox, Chief Executive, Science Media Centre

Dr Ed Sykes, Chair of Stempra

The Guardian have now taken up the story:

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/27/francis-maude-warned-by-scientists-over-chilling-effect-of-new-media-rules

As have Science

http://news.sciencemag.org/europe/2015/03/u-k-government-scientists-hit-media-restrictions

The Medical Journalists Association has also sent a letter to Rt Hon Francis Maude

Nature reports clarification over the code and Research Councils

http://www.nature.com/news/uk-clarifies-controversial-media-restrictions-on-scientists-1.17255

Stephen Straus, President of the Canadian Science Writers' Association has provided this link describing the timeline of Canada's muzzling of scientists

http://sciencewriters.ca/initiatives/muzzling_canadian_federal_scientists/

 

 

 

 

ABSW Members win in British Press Awards

Congratulations to ABSW members Andrew Gregory (winner) and Steve Connor (highly commended) in the British Press Awards Science and Health Category:
 
Science and Health Journalist of the Year – sponsored by L’Oreal
Winner: Andrew Gregory – Daily Mirror
Highly commended: Steve Connor – The Independent and i
 
Press release and full list of winners can be found here:
 
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