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ABSW Outline of Membership Benefits 

Connect to around 500 professional science journalists and communications professionals within the ABSW
 
Connect to European science journalists through ABSW membership of the European Federation for Science Journalism
 
Connect to science journalists around the world through ABSW membership of the World Federation of Science Journalists
 
Include your profile in the ABSW’s online directory for those seeking freelance writers/editors/broadcasters
 
Take part in and access the ABSW’s ongoing freelance pay survey to keep up to date on industry pay
 
Make use of the ABSW mentoring scheme for those new to the field
 
Connect with other members through our email discussion list
 
Guides to the business of science journalism
 
Apply for the ABSW Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship Scheme
 
 
Free access to ABSW events
 
Access to the members’ only area of the ABSW website to contact other members of the ABSW, edit your membership details, and control what you share with other members
 
Jobs listings: access relevant job postings via the website/discussion list/@absw and facebook
 
Awards and other opportunities – keep up-to-date with awards available for science writing/journalism and other opportunities such as press trips through the website/discussion list/twitter and Facebook
 
Promote your books to other members of the Association – form on website
 
Propose events to the ABSW Board – form on website
 
For full members, stand for election to the ABSW Executive Board, vote in the elections for the ABSW Executive Board and vote at the Annual General Meeting 
 
Occasional discounts for events/training of relevance to ABSW members: eg: Guardian courses
 

ABSW Activities

The ABSW is twinned with the Ugandan Science Journalists’ Association through a World Federation of Science Journalists twinning scheme  
 
The ABSW is a member of the Creators' Rights Alliance
  
In 2014 the ABSW commissioned a report on sexism in science journalism and is now looking at carrying forward the report’s recommendations with appropriate organisations such as the NUJ
 
The ABSW organises the annual ABSW science writers’ awards for Great Britain and Ireland and European Science Writer of the Year – these awards recognise and celebrate excellence in science journalism.  The awards are open to members and non-members.
 
The ABSW represents science journalists on issues of interest to all members: for example, the ABSW expressed its concerns to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General about revisions to the Civil Service Code that could prevent scientists responding to the needs of journalists.
 
The ABSW produces a guide called Science Writing: the Basics this was last published in 2015
 
The ABSW Board members take part in careers fairs and events on science writing and science journalism.
 

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