The ABSW is an event partner for this event of Johson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
The event is free for ABSW members but you need to register via Eventbrite
You've got your cutting-edge technology, you've raised money, and your company is making some great headway on the R&D front. You're ready to bring your company out of stealth mode and into the limelight, but you don't know how. In this three-part workshop event, we'll explore how to take your story out of the laboratory and into the headlines:
First, a panel of industry reporters will provide insight into how they like to be pitched, what makes something "newsworthy" and what they are looking for to include in coverage.
Second, in a working session, seasoned communications professionals will help you craft your story using a framework that works well for telling life science stories that resonate with multiple audiences.
Finally you'll have a chance to pitch the reporters in attendance who will each select one company that will be the subject of a one-on-one background interview at a later date.
Key topics will include:
What makes a story "newsworthy"?
What's the best way to pitch a reporter?
How do you translate complex science into a story others can understand?
Tips for your interview
The workshop will be led by Ogilvy HealthPR London.
Lisa Melton | Senior News Editor, Nature Biotechnology
Tim Revell | Reporter, New Scientist and ABSW Board member
Simon Stebbing | Managing Partner, Ogilvy Healthworld
11:30 | Registration Opens, Lunch, and Networking
12:00 | Panel Discussion
13:00 | Hands-on Working Session
13:45 | Story Pitching
14:30 | Programme Close
Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS
Date/Time: Tuesday, 3 October 2017 from 11:30 to 14:30 (BST)
Sea Containers House
20 Upper Ground
London, United Kingdom SE1 9PD
This event is free to ABSW members but you need to register via Eventbrite:
Although science writing is in our name, the ABSW also represents tech and engineering journalists and writers. We’d like to address this portion of our membership more actively by tweaking some of our existing activities and/or creating new ones. This meeting is intended to identify what the differences are in the interests of the existing tech/engineering membership (and the many potential members out there), use them to form some specific proposals, and prioritise these for the main ABSW Board.
This event is open to all not just ABSW members.
6-8pm, Tuesday 5 September, UCL Main Campus
Who doesn't want to land the big scoops? Those stories that really matter, the stories that people in power don't want told and your competitors will give their back teeth to get ahead of you. But how do you find and report out a big exclusive? Come along to ABSW's next evening event and learn from some of the best how they found and developed big stories that made an impact.
We have two seasoned reporters, one winner and one finalist for the best investigative journalism award at the ABSW Science Writers Awards for Britain and Ireland 2017, ready to talk to you about how they found their exclusives and what made them so valuable to report. This panel discussion will be followed with an open Q&A session and a trip to the pub after.
Registration is now closed for the ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017
Wednesday 5 July 2017
Summer School: 09:00-17:45
Evening careers/networking event open to all delegates 17:45-20:30
Venue: The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
ABSW Student Member: £15 inc VAT
ABSW Member (all other categories): £30 inc VAT
All others: £100 inc VAT
Your delegate fees include all materials, lunch/tea/coffee and drinks and canapes at the evening event.
Register and Pay Now (Registration now closed)
If you wish to join the ABSW and pay the reduced ABSW delegate rate there is a special offer of 50% off ABSW membership rates for those attending the Summer School.
In association with the World Federation of Science Journalists
Held on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at The Wellcome Trust
Read all about the summer school in this storify account by ABSW Chair, Mico Tatalovic.
Find out what the Summer School student scholars thought about their experience in this piece by our sponsors Taylor & Francis Group.
Session reviews and coverage so far, video footage and full audio of sessions will be added soon, where available powerpoints are linked to speakers/sessions below.
Search for all the coverage on twitter: #abswss17
For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
|09:00-09:30||Coffee and registration|
|09:30-09:35||Welcome and introduction, Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC|
New media trends
Moderator: Martin Ince, Treasurer, ABSW board and freelance science writer
The role of critical science journalism in the fake news world
Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, ITV
Moderator: Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC
Pitching skills - how and where to sell you story ideas
Investigative science reporting
|13:15-14:30||Lunch and networking|
Data journalism skills
Presentation made by Jonathan Stoneman: Lightning introduction to data
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
Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, ABSW board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist
Presentation made by Brian Lin: Using EurekAlert! for science news gathering
|17:30 - 21:00||Meet commissioning editors, pitch your stories and get career advice from seasoned reporters
This networking session will allow you to get bespoke careers advice from journalists and editors in the national and international media. You’ll have the opportunity to sit across the table from some of the key science editors and reporters, and have their full, undivided attention, be it to pitch story ideas or ask them any career questions you may have.
A stellar array of editors and writers from a variety of international media will be on hand to give you one-to-one personalised advice about how to make it as a science journalist, and give feedback on story ideas you have.
For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
The ABSW would like to thank The Wellcome Trust for venue support.
Evening Careers Event:
In association with:
***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.
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.