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

Date: Wednesday 5 July 2017

Time: 09:00-21:00

Venue: The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE

Please note this is NOT The Wellcome Collection but The Wellcome Trust

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Programme: 

For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page

Time                  Session
09:00-09:30 Coffee and registration
09:30-09:35    Welcome and introduction, Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC
09:35-10:05

New media trends
 
Where are our audiences? The latest insights about digital news consumption from the Digital News Report 2017
 
Nic Newman, research associate, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and lead author of the digital news report

Moderator: Martin Ince, Treasurer, ABSW board and freelance science writer

10:05-10:45

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

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 pitch - and what makes a perfect pitch.
 
Inga Vesper, freelance science journalist
Aisling Irwin, acting editor, SciDev.Net
Laura Greenhalgh, assistant policy editor, Politico
Helen Thomson, freelance science journalist and consultant for New Scientist
Joshua Howgego, features editor at New Scientist


Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, 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, 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

Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, ABSW board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist

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
Inga Vesper, freelance science journalist
 
Moderator: Jack Serle, Vice-Chair, ABSW board and reporter Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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.


Editors and reporters you can speak to will include:
 
Chrissie Giles, commissioning editor, Mosaic
Vicki Turk, senior editor at Wired UK
Michael Marshall, former acting editor at BBC Earth, now freelance
Mico Tatalovic, environment and life sciences news editor, New Scientist
Ben Deighton, managing editor at SciDev.Net
Shamini Bundell, multimedia editor at Nature (from 18:20h onwards)
Emma Stoye, senior science correspondent at Chemistry World
Inga Vesper, senior editor, Research Research (until 19h)
Max Glaskin, an award-winning journalist and the author of Cycling Science
Martin Redfern, freelance broadcast science journalist
 
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

For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page


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