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Winners announced ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Great Britain and Ireland

The winners of the 2017 Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Awards for Great Britain and Ireland were announced at an Awards Ceremony tonight (Thursday 25 May) in London.  

Two hundred and twenty-eight entries were considered by the independent panel of science journalists and science communicators who judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.  

The evening was hosted by Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President of the ABSW, and Science Correspondent at the BBC.   Aoife Pauley, Head of Corporate Media, EMEA, presented the Awards on behalf of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, the Award sponsors.

Hester van Santen, a science journalist for NRC media in the Netherlands has won this year's European Science Writer of the Year Award.

Hester was chosen from the fifteen nominees from throughout Europe and will attend the ABSW Awards Ceremony in London next week (Thu 25 May) to collect her certificate and cash prize.

On announcing the award the judging panel said: 

"In her submission, Hester has demonstrated her ability to be at ease with both popular science formats and more investigative type pieces. Her work is remarkably well researched regardless of the format or audience targeted and is full of creativity with a great range of interviews. Hester's best submission is undoubtedly the article about peer review, which represents a great case study of a big problem affecting science." 

Candidate's were assessed on three pieces of work and all were nominated by organisations representing science journalists and writers from throughout Europe. Hester was nominated by VWN the Dutch association for science journalism and communication.

Finalists announced ABSW Science Writers Awards for Great Britain and Ireland

The finalists in the 2017 Association of British Science Writers’ (ABSW) Awards for Great Britain and Ireland have been decided.  The ABSW is also pleased to announce the country nominees in this year’s European Science Writer of the Year Award.

Two hundred and twenty-eight entries were considered by the independent panel of science journalists and science communicators who judged the entries based on originality, appeal to a broad audience, novelty of subject matter, likely impact, style, content, entertainment, balance and depth of reporting.  

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.

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