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Hear from the people who know at this ABSW panel event, including:

Royal Society Book Prize Winner: Philip Ball

New York Times bestselling author and Royal Society Book Prize Shortlistee:  Jo Marchant

Editing and Publishing expert Robin Dennis, who has worked on four books longlisted for the Royal Society Prize, three shortlisted books, and one winner

18:30 for 19:00 February 22nd 2018
Location: The Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road
London NW1 1AT

Panel discussion: A conversation on truth, science and journalism - Thursday 2 November 2017, London

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 minisformation, 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.

Journalism is reflecting hard on how to adapt to deal with what’s seen as the era of post-truth, and science commentators have lamented how evidence is being sacrificed to spin and fake news.

The WFSJ’ 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place during the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco, US.

The AGM will take place from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (Pacific Time Zone), Saturday, October 28th at Salon 13-14, The Marriott Marquis.

All members of the ABSW are invited to attend the AGM as observers, however we need to inform our colleagues at the Federation of your name and email address.   If you would like to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of play Thursday 19 October 2017 and we can pass the information to the Federation.

Copies of the agenda and papers for the AGM are also available on request, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Centre for Investigative Journalism is offering ABSW members a special discount on its next two day courses.

Covert Investigations - 20% off

Thu 19 October at Goldsmiths, University of London

Big organisations £114.00 (instead of £142.50)

Freelancers and small organisations (9 people and fewer) - £102.00 (instead of £127.50)

This one day course will give you an insight into the many aspects for preparation of an undercover investigation. From technical advice on covert filming equipment and tecniques, to the ethical and legal points that must be considered before embarking on this kind of investigative project. 

Our trainers are experienced professionals, who've worked on dozens of covert filming projects and have seen it all! 
More information

REGISTER HERE FIRST - pls indicate that you are from the ABSW in the invoice question. 

To pay: 

transfer the correct amount via PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or make a bank transfer (details in the registration form)

 

Using SQL to Dig into Databases - 20% off

Thu 9 November, Goldsmiths, University of London

Big organisations £114.00 (instead of £142.50)

Freelancers and small organisations (9 people and fewer) - £102.00 (instead of £127.50)

If you’ve already been bitten by the #data journalism bug, you should know that #SQL is like #Excel, but on steroids!  It makes data crunching flexible, faster, safer and more sophisticated. It’s more like talking to a person than doing maths. This one day course will teach you all you need to know to start using SQL. 

More information
REGISTER HERE FIRST - pls indicate that you are from the ABSW in the invoice question. 

To pay: 

transfer the correct amount via PayPal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or make a bank transfer (details in the registration form)

 

All ABSW members have now been sent this message from ABSW Chair Mico Tatalovic:

Dear colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about an exciting initiative through which you can help shape the future of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) – and science journalism in the UK more widely.

The ABSW board has decided to carry out an independent strategic review of our association to see how we can improve what we do. Specifically, we want to see how we can improve what we offer to you, our members, and to make sure that our governance structures and funding streams are following best practices and are in line with ensuring the long-term sustainability of the ABSW.

As part of this review, we will be carrying out a survey of our members to see what you think of the ABSW. For example, what works and doesn’t work for you, which activities you take part in, and which activities you’d like to see in future. We want you to have a say in how the association moves forward. You can expect to get the short survey over the next few weeks, and we hope you can share your thoughts and feelings about the ABSW, and advise us on where we can improve.

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