ABSW Key News/Dates
Members' survey - deadline extended to 22 November - complete and enter draw for vouchers
ABSW 'missed the deadline' Christmas Party - January 2018 - watch this space for more
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
ABSW Awards 2017
Finalists, ABSW Awards 2017 announced, Wed May 10, 2017
Winners, ABSW Awards 2017 announced. Thu May 25, 2017
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Please join us for this panel discussion on the future of science journalism and its role in creating an open and participatory society, co-organised by SciCom 2017, Irish Science and Technology Journalism Association (ISTJA) and Association of British Science Writers (ABSW).
The discussion will focus on the role of science journalists in opening up science to the wider public: what works and why, what are the points of tension between science the media, and when do collaboration and dialogue break down and why? The panel discussion will be followed by informal networking amongst the journalists who cover science-related topics.
Time: 10-12h, 6th December 2017
Venue: Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4, Ireland
The ABSW held this panel discussion on Thursday 2 November 2017 in London.
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Truth is in the spotlight -- there’s much debate about how to find it and whether it still carries weight in our society. Media covering UK and US politics have lamented how truth is being sacrificed to misinformation, myth, spin or outright lies. During the US pre-election period, publishers from the Guardian to the New York Times to NPR pushed their fact-checking services. The need to tackle fake news then captured the attention of major social media players like Facebook.
Newsflash: Deadline extended to 22 November 2017
The ABSW is reviewing the way it works and the benefits it provides to members. As part of this review, we want to hear your views, experiences, grievances, etc. You’ve got a chance to shape the future of this association and how it works, and, by extension, affect a big part of the UK science journalism community.
Editor - Fibre Systems (B2B title in the field of optical communications), based in Cambridge, UK.
Part-time (3 days p/w), though full-time considered if willing to take on additional feature writing across our other science and technology titles.
Fibre Systems is published four times a year in magazine format, supported by a year-round online and email presence.
At October's World Conference of Science Journalists held in San Francisco, Pallab Ghosh reported on the coverage of gene editing:
I sometimes joke that I’ve been a science journalist so long that I covered the extinction of the dinosaurs!
Although it’s not been quite that long – I have seen a thing or two in my time and so I’d like to offer a brief historical perspective as well as some observations on how gene editing is being reported in the UK.
So on that first
This is the website of the UK’s bestselling tabloid newspaper – The Sun.
GENE GENIE Embryos edited to remove killer mutation like the one that nearly killed Fabrice Muamba in world first — and it could save MILLIONS
Fabrice Muamba is a young English ex-soccer player who suffered a cardiac arrest during a televised match between Bolton and Tottenham Hotspur. He recovered despite his heart having stopped for 78 minutes.
It’s from August 4 and you can see it reports on the work of Dr Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science University and colleagues on the removal of a gene from an early stage human embryo associated with a rare heart condition.