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ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2015

ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017: a one-day event to kick-start or reinvigorate your career in science journalism

In association with the World Federation of Science Journalists

Wednesday 5 July 2017, The Wellcome Trust, London 

 

Registration now open to all

Twitter hashtag: #abswss17

See what to expect in this Storify account of our last summer school #sjss15: https://storify.com/MTatalovic/absw-summer-school-of-science-journalism-2015

Draft programme: Speakers and sessions are still being finalised  

Time                  Session
09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration
09:30-09:35    Welcome and introduction, Pallab Gosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC
09:35-10:15

Opening Plenary: The role of critical science journalism in the fake news world

Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, ITV 

10:15-10:45 New media trends
 
Where are our audiences? The latest insights about digital news consumption from the Digital News Report 2017
 
Dr Richard Fletcher, research fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
 
10:45-11:15 Coffee/Tea Break
11:15-12:15

Pitching skills - how and where to sell you story ideas
 
Take part in a highly interactive session to develop your pitching skills.   Whether you are pitching as a staff journalist or a freelancer you need to learn how to make an editor take notice of your stories.
 
Inga Vesper, Senior editor, Research Research
Aisling Irwin, Acting editor, SciDev.Net
 
Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, chairman of the ABSW Board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist

12:15-13:15

Investigative science reporting
 
Investigative journalism presents a unique set of challenges for science journalists. Key issues being time, gaining access to information and fighting off legal threats. Learn the how and why of telling stories that others are trying to bury in this two-part session:
 
12.15 – 12.45 ‘Why investigative journalism matters, with examples from science’ by Rachel Oldroyd, managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism
 
12.45-13.15 ‘How we uncovered Google Deep Mind's secret NHS data grab’ by Hal Hodson, technology reporter at the Economist (previously New Scientist), and Will Douglas Heaven, freelance (previously chief technology editor at New Scientist and editor of BBC Future Now). They will talk about their scoop for New Scientist and challenges of doing investigations and taking on a big player alongside their usual news work 
 
Moderator: Jack Serle, vice-chair of the ABSW Board and reporter Bureau of Investigative Journalism

13:15-14:30 Lunch and networking
14:30-15:30 Data journalism skills
 
Discover sources of open data and how to work with it using techniques such as visualisation, scraping and mapping.
 
Jonathan Stoneman, Freelance trainer in Open Data
 
Moderator: Wendy Grossman, ABSW board member and freelance journalist
15:30-15:50

EurekAlert!’s science news service and media survey results

Brian Lin, director of editorial content strategy at EurekAlert! will introduce EurekAlert! and its editorial policies, explain how you can get access to it, and present results from its latest survey of science journalists
 

15:50-16:20 Tea Break
16:20-17:20

Successful freelancing
 
You might be considering some freelance work as part of your other work commitments or thinking about making freelance work your main source of income. Freelance science journalists will discuss sources of work, original approaches, carving out niche areas of specialisation, copyright issues and the tools that they use to manage their time.
 
Mark Peplow, freelance science journalist
Max Glaskin, an award-winning journalist and the author of Cycling Science
Helen Thomson, freelance science journalist
 
Moderator: Katharine Sanderson, ABSW board member and freelance science journalist

17:30 - 21:00 Meet the editors, pitch your stories, get career advice
 
Take part in a highly interactive session to develop your pitching skills and learn what editors want.  You’ll have the opportunity to sit across the table from some of the key science editors and pitch story ideas, one-on-one, as well as ask them any career questions you may have.
 
Whether you are pitching as a staff journalist or a freelancer you need to learn how to make an editor take notice of your stories. Get an insight into the minds of editors, and a chance to network with those who could commission your stories. 
 
Editors available to speak to will include:
 
Chrissie Giles, commissioning editor, Mosaic
Vicki Turk, senior editor at Wired UK
Michael Marshall, acting editor at BBC Earth
Mico Tatalovic, environment and life sciences news editor, New Scientist
Aisling Irwin, acting editor at SciDev.Net
Cristina Gallardo, reporter and editor at Research Europe
Emma Stoye, senior science correspondent at Chemistry World
...and more to come...
 
Moderator: Bob Ward, ABSW board member, policy and communications director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics

 


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***Please note the event date has now moved to Wed 3 May (previously Wed 26 April)***

The ABSW has organised an evening event with journalist Meirion Jones from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (formerly of the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama) on one of the most shocking tech-based scandals to break in recent years – the fake bomb detector scam that saw completely useless devices sold to governments around the world.

Whether you want to learn from the very best, get inspiration for investigations or just make your very own bogus bomb detector, it promises to be a great evening.

All ABSW members are invited to the traditional late Xmas party.

When: Thursday 26th January 18:30 until late

Are you an aspiring science journalist? If so, would you like some free bespoke careers advice from journalists in the national media?

If your answer is “Yes!” to both questions, then you cannot afford to miss an exclusive event organised by the Association of British Science Writers on Wednesday 2 November.

Michael Hanlon former science editor of the Daily Mail sadly died earlier this month.

Friends, family and colleagues have come together to organise a celebration of Michael’s life and work. Everyone who knew Michael is welcome - whether that’s as a friend, colleague or just someone you kept bumping into at press briefings or conferences.

Friday 11 March
6pm-8pm
The Wellcome Trust
215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Please RSVP to:
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The evening will include tributes and readings from close friends. If you would like to discuss speaking at the event, please email Tracey Brown:
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A booklet to celebrate Michael’s life is being compiled – which will be given out on the night – and contributions of stories, anecdotes, pictures and memories are welcome. Please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or direct to Richard Hollingham by March 2nd This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more on Michael's work see the website of Jurassica of which he was the founder and CEO http://www.jurassica.org/

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

News Flash:

European Conference of Science Journalists 26-30 June 2017, Copenhagen. Registration opens 31 January 2017

3rd European Conference of Science Journalists 2016

 

Thank you to all our speakers, delegates, volunteers, sponsors and supporters. 

 

Lead conference partner

Saturday 23 July 09:30-17:00, Manchester Central, Manchester, M2 3GX, UK

 
 
The 3rd European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) was be held as a satellite event at EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF).   The Conference jointly organized by the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and the European Union of Science Journalist Associations (EUSJA), replaced the ABSW’s biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists, extending its reach to journalists throughout Europe.

Background

The 1st European Conference of Science Journalists was held as a satellite event to ESOF 2014 in Denmark.   The event, jointly organized by the Danish Science Journalists’ Association (DV) and the European Union of Science Journalists’ Associations (EUSJA), discussed new ways to improve the status of science in broadcast media, how to start your own science publication, the opportunities of investigative journalism, the ethical balance between science journalism and science communication and new initiatives for improvement of gender balance for science in the media.
 
The 2nd European Conference of Science Journalists, organized by the Hungarian Club of Science Journalists and EUSJA, was held in Budapest as part of the World Science Forum in 2015.   The conference examined stakeholder-driven communication, the communication of infectious diseases, the reporting of climate change and the role of the journalist as an entrepreneur. 
 
3rd European Conference of Science Journalists Programme
 
The 3rd ECSJ had four key aims:
 
To discuss and debate contemporary issues in science journalism
• To encourage and provide skills for newcomers
• To promote professional development
• To enable journalists to link with colleagues, encouraging journalistic entrepreneurship 
 
The ABSW and EUSJA welcomed over 150 delegates to Manchester to meet with colleagues old and new and discover the common themes and issues affecting science journalists today and into the future.  
 
Contact the secretariat of the 3rd ECSJ: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The ABSW was due to hold its biennial UK Conference of Science Journalists (UKCSJ) in June 2016, however as ESOF is coming to the UK in 2016 along with the newly founded European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ) common sense suggests that we join with our European Colleagues.   So in 2016 the UKCSJ will be incorporated into the European Conference of Science Journalists and be jointly organised by the ABSW and EUSJA.
 
Date: Saturday 23 July 2016 10:00-18:00
 
We will be negotiating special rates for ABSW members and members of other European Journalism Associations plus special deals for those attending both ESOF and ECSJ.
 
See our events pages for more on the Conference as it develops and to register your interest in attending.
 
Put the date in your diary and look out for regular updates on the programme.
 

As has become tradition our Christmas Party will once again be held in January.   Do come and join us to celebrate and catch up with colleagues old and new.

Thursday 14 January 2016
18:30 onwards
Upstairs at The Lamb, 94 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LZ
Bar snacks/nibbles and a couple of free drinks on us

 

 

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