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
BBC's science correspondent and the ABSW's Honorary President, Pallab Ghosh, has been hailed for his 'wonderfully enthusiastic' solar eclipse commentary. The Evening Standard picked up the story after viewers took to twitter to praise Pallab's 'childlike excitement'.
You can view Pallab's coverage of the eclipse for BBC News at Six and read the full story here:
Dear Member Associations,
The WFSJ is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Executive Board Election.
Out of a total of 55 Member Associations, 42 (76 %) casted their vote of which 38 (69 %) were eligible. Four (4) votes were considered ineligible either because they were cast after the deadline or because the associations hadn’t paid the WFSJ’s membership fee in the past years.
The four candidates with the highest number of votes are:
Full profiles of all candidates can be viewed here.
The four new Board Members will effectively occupy their international positions on the WFSJ’s Executive Board as of Sunday, October 29th, at the end of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco. Congratulations!
The WFSJ wishes to thank all nine candidates for sending in their application, as well as the Member Associations that voted and made this election possible and transparent.
The Board Election Nomination Committee
Dominique Forget & Mohammed Yahia
New Canadian Board Member Joins WFSJ’s Board in October 2017
The WFSJ is happy to announce the nomination of Mr. Tim Lougheed as new Executive Board Member. Mr. Lougheed is nominated by the two Canadian associations to replace Ms. Dominique Forget, who has served on the WFSJ’s Executive Board for two terms.
A full-time freelance writer and editor since 1991, Tim Lougheed has written hundreds of articles for specialized and general publications in Canada as well as internationally. He also edits Canadian Chemical News, a magazine published by the Chemical Institute of Canada.
He is the current president of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, a national organization with more than 600 members across the country. His career began as a reporter with the Windsor Star and the Sault Star, then as a science writer for Queen’s University. He has degrees from the University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, and Queen’s University.
Read a more detailed resume of our new Canadian Board Member here.
The WFSJ is looking forward to working with Mr. Tim Lougheed as well as with the other Board Members to create a continues, dynamic and positive impact on science journalism around the world.
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.
By ABSW Board member Andy Extance
Last month the excellent Open Notebook carried an interview with Hakai magazine news editor Colin Schulz, where he made a remark that caught my attention as a freelance science writer:
"When I was a writer I—like many writers—was terrified of pitching. But now that I’m an editor, I get to see the other side of it. And it’s not what I expected. I’m friends with a bunch of editors, and there’s a gripe that many of us share: We don’t get enough pitches. I don’t just mean excellent, stellar, award-winning pitches. I mean pitches."
I've seen other editors complain about this too, notably Oli Franklin-Wallis, features editor at Wired UK on Twitter. I therefore asked members of the ABSW what their experience was.