ABSW Key News/Dates
ABSW awards open to entry 1 January 2018
ABSW 'missed the deadline' Christmas Party - Thursday 11 January 2018 - The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station, London
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
Would you be interested in low-cost data journalism training provided via the ABSW?
Do you want to learn more about working with data as a journalist? Do you want to burnish the skills you already have and learn some more? Do you have the skills but want help on finding and then selling data stories?
The ABSW board wants to put on some more data journalism events, after the success of the data-orientated session at our summer school this year.
We have managed to get journalism trainer Jonathan Stoneman on board once more to run classes and help ABSW's members learn new skills or refresh their memories.
We're currently looking at arranging a day-long workshop - would that be something that interests you? The choice of curriculum is up to us so please also tell me what you would like to cover. Do you want to develop skills working with data in Excel and SQL? Would you like to learn about visualising datasets? Would you want to cover scraping and coding? Or would you like to talk about how to find datasets, develop stories from them, and sell them to editors?
Time is obviously getting on and the end is nigh for 2017. However there is still time for us to squeeze this session in before Christmas, if the demand is there. Or would you prefer to meet up in the new year?
Jack Serle, Vice-Chair ABSW Board
The world’s leading educational publisher, Pearson, is looking for talented, knowledgeable and reliable content writers who are willing to write textbooks and/or digital and assessment content on any of the following subjects:
We are looking to source excellent content writers who would like to be on our list of people to approach for immediate or future projects. We welcome applications from both new and experienced writers.
By becoming a writer for Pearson, you will be supported throughout the publishing process and provided with the opportunity to develop your skills. You will also be credited amongst Pearson’s well-respected writers, who each year see their names linked to the quality content that Pearson releases – content that supports educators to deliver their best teaching and learners to achieve their best results.
We appreciate that people have different commitments on their time, so we will liaise with you to find projects that fit your availability and capacity. You will also be able to write from home. And for this work, you will of course be paid an agreed fee. All we ask is that you have the dedication to write quality content on your subject specialism and that you deliver material to the agreed deadlines.
The ABSW is developing a system for individuals to make contact with other ABSW members in their region/location. The idea is to create regional groups that meet informally for networking and to discuss issues related to science journalism/writing.
If you live in any of the regions below do get in touch with the contact given so they can add you to their contacts list and invite you to any networking events organised locally:
Legend has it that the Bristol science book group originated after a discussion between our founder, Jon Turney, and another ABSW member who has never actually come to our group. We’ve been running since 2010, after Jon solicited for interest on the ABSW list. Since then membership has waxed and waned as people have become aware of it through informal channels.
Andy Extance reports back on the ABSW Media Law training and asks for your thoughts on further training for ABSW members:
The ABSW media law training course had 12 attendees on Monday (25 September 2017) from an interesting cross-section of our membership - as far afield as York and Exeter (me), and with backgrounds ranging from staffers whose publications recognised the value group bargaining can provide to freelancers topping up their knowledge. Among many interesting points, two stuck out for me:
A libel case verdict this month involving a French aerospace engineer seems to have put the UK libel law back to as bad as it was before it was changed in 2013. The case sees the judge's verdict on the new test for 'serious harm' that was added in the reformed Defamation Act say that libel claimants need not actually prove that any serious harm was caused. See more at the Press Gazette.
Organised by Queen’s University Centre for Experimental Medicine PDC, in association with Irish Science and Technology Journalism Association (ISTJA) and Association of British Science Writers (ABSW). Free entry to Queen’s University students and staff, and members of ISTJA and ABSW.
Date and time: 19 October 2017, 12:30-17:30