In 2002 we published an edition of our popular guide So You Want to be a Science Writer? This edition is now out of date – it predates the web boom, for example – although it still contains useful information. (Feel free to download the 2002 edition of So you want to be a science writer (PDF, 437 kB).)
To provide a more up to date guide, we also have this information in the form of a wiki. We hope that members of the ABSW will update this wiki.
The guide is aimed at those wanting a career within the UK's science media.
Take a look at our guide to various science communication courses. These pages are a wiki so members of the ABSW can also contribute to them. The British Science Association, formerly the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA), also keeps a version here. There is also the European Guide to Science Journalism Training (1.4 MB PDF file). Or use www.prospects.ac.uk to search for postgraduate courses, as this is the UK's official graduate careers website.
Other useful resources
The Guardian published a series of articles on Science Writing in Spring 2013:
A number of ABSW members contributed to an article on careers in science writing published by Kings College London in Spring 2013
If you want to stay in research and want to find out a bit about how the media operates, then the British Science Association has a scheme just for you.
Media Fellowships create greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media among practising engineers and scientists. Fellows spend between three and eight weeks with either a print or broadcast organisation, working alongside journalists to gain experience of the news selection process. Fellows learn to work within the conditions and constraints of the media to produce accurate and well informed stories about developments and technical breakthroughs, as well as becoming better equipped to communicate their expertise to the general public and their colleagues. The deadline for applications is usually in April.