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To help our members grow and build their careers, we've compiled a handy set of practical guides on different aspects of science writing and science journalism. This content is exclusively available for members of the ABSW.

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Previously all this content was held as a Wiki, which meant that any member could get stuck in to share their wisdom. However, we found that the interface was tricky to use. So, we've pulled all the content out and it is now here for you to enjoy. If you have ideas for new guides or suggestions on currently available guides, just get in contact with us and we'll see what we can do.

Here's a list of currently available guides. Enjoy!

A Guide to Style

Our guide to style will give you an introduction to what style is, why it is important and some starting points to watch out for when writing an article or longer pieces of work. We have also provided some links to resources where you can learn more about style.

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Access to journals - services for journalists

Journals are an essential part of the science writer's toolbox. But they can be expensive to get at. Here is the beginning of a list of services provided by publishers for journalists, to give access to journals.

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Books about journalism

Here's our selection of books about journalism. Have you got a suggestion that you think should be included here? Get in contact and let us know.

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Contacts abroad

These contacts may be useful for members needing local information about visiting or reporting from their countries.

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Correspondence Courses

Thinking of enrolling on one of those long distance correspondence courses on writing? Read this first before hitting the send button.

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Courses in Science Communications

There are many courses available in the UK (and beyond) on Science Journalism, Communications, Journalism and Broadcasting. Here is our list.

The ABSW welcomes additions, updates and other input for this directory. Just get in contact with us if you have suggestions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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These web addresses are a moveable feast. Universities often change them. If you come up against a brick wall, hunt around. And why not tell us if you come across a changed address? Preferably with updated details. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The European Commission also publishes the European Guide to Science Journalism Training. The 2010 version (PDF) is available on this page, which has other useful publications.


Science Communication

Bath University

MSc in Risk, Health and Science Communication

http://www.bath.ac.uk/psychology/scc/

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This course is currently not being offered.


Cardiff University

MSc Science, Media & Communication

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec/degreeprogrammes/pgmasters/mscsciencemedia/index.html


City University

Science Journalism MA

http://www.city.ac.uk/journalism/courses/postgrad/science_journalism/


University of Glamorgan

MSc in Communicating Science

http://www.glam.ac.uk/coursedetails/685/585


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

MSc in Science Communication

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/humanities/sciencecommunicationgroup/masters/mscinsciencecommunication

MSc in Science Media Production

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/humanities/sciencecommunicationgroup/masters/mscinscinecemediaproduction


University of Leeds

MA in Science Communication

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder/12254/MA_Science_Communication


University of Lincoln, Lincoln School of Journalism

MA Science & Environmental Journalism

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/journalism/_courses/postgraduate/science_and_environmental_journalism/default.asp


Queens University at Armmagh with Dublin City University

MSc in Science Communication

http://www.dcu.ie/prospective/deginfo.php?classname=MSC&mode=full&originating_school=60


University of the West of England

MSc Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication

http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/p90012/2009


Broadcasting

Bournemouth University

Multi-Media Journalism

http://onlineservices.bournemouth.ac.uk/Courses/Course.aspx?course=28&code=BAMMJ


City University, London

Broadcast Journalism MA

http://www.city.ac.uk/study/courses/arts/broadcast-journalism-diploma-ma.html


University of Lincoln

Lincoln School of Journalism

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/journalism/


Highbury College, Portsmouth

PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism

http://www.highbury.ac.uk/client/content_wide.asp?Contentid=563&sp=Broadcast%20Journalism


University of the West of Scotland

PG Diploma in Broadcast Journalism

http://www.uws.ac.uk/courses/pg-courseinfo.asp?courseid=688


General Journalism

Most of the entries in this section offer various courses in aspect of journalism and communications.

Birmingham City University

Birmingham School of Media

http://www.mediacourses.com/applications_postgraduate.asp


Cardiff University

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

http://www.cf.ac.uk/uwc/jomec/index.html


De Montfort University

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/Subjects/Db/course.php?courseid=54


Goldsmiths, University of London

Media & Communications

http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/media-comms/


University of Lincoln

Lincoln School of Journalism

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/journalism/


Nottingham Trent University

Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism

http://www.ntu.ac.uk/hum/centres/broadcast_journalism/courses.html


Leeds Trinity University College

MA/Postgraduate Diploma in Print Journalism

http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/study/Postgraduate/courses/Pages/MAPostgraduateDiplomainPrintJournalism.aspx


University of Central Lancashire

Department of Journalism

http://www.uclan.ac.uk/ahss/journalism_media_communication/journalism/index.php


Sheffield Hallam University

Communication, media and journalism

http://www.shu.ac.uk/media/


University of Strathclyde

Strathclyde School of Journalism & Communication

http://www.strath.ac.uk/ssjc/


University of Westminster

Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

http://www.wmin.ac.uk/mad/page-97


Part Time

The Open University

MSc in Science (Communicating Science/Science and the Public)

http://www.open.ac.uk/science/msc/

Embargoes

An embargo is a request by a source of non-public information that the news provided is not published until a certain time or date. Embargoes are used widely in the media, and are particularly frequently used by major scientific journals. Here's our short guide.

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Freelance Pay

What do freelancers get paid? Find out here from our ever growing contributions from members.

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How to read company accounts

Company accounts can say a lot about the state of a company. Here is a short guide to deciphering the numbers and where to find out more information.

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Investigations: a beginner's guide

To a certain extent, all journalistic work ought to be “investigative”. Guardian journalist Nick Davies once remarked that the phrase “investigative journalism” is like “wet rain”.

Nonetheless, the investigative journalist is different to the extent that they are often seeking hidden information about people, places or things. Here is our introductory guide.

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Job hunting and training

Looking for a job in journalism can be daunting, even for the experienced. Many opportunities come from who you know, rather than what you know. That said, plenty of jobs are advertised and there are oppportunities out there. Remember also that even if you don't get a job you apply for, having made contact with a media outlet you can offer freelance work–which may become the source of a permanent job offer some time in the future. In a similar vein, even short-term freelance work taken now can develop into something more stable and longer term.

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Liability insurance

Here is a short guide about liability insurance and some links to further resources to find out more.

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Libel and privacy

High profile libel cases involving science writers and journalists has shown how an understanding of libel laws is essential to avoid lengthy court battles. Here is our guide to libel laws and privacy.

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Narrative Journalism

A collection of 75 of the best articles from Nieman Foundation's narrative writing programme.

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Places for writers to work in London

Most of these places are either free to join or charge a small fee for annual membership. The exception is the London Library which is very expensive to join but a very popular place for writers of all kinds (NB it is an humanities library). Some are ideal for ad hoc events, while others are better for a planned period of work or research.

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