ABSW Key News/Dates
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association nominations 1 January 2018
ASBW panel event: How to write a successful science book - 22 February 2017 - London
ABSW AGM - Wednesday 28 March 2018 - Wellcome Trust, London
ABSW Awards Ceremony - Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
UKCSJ18 - Tuesday 16 October 2018 - The Francis Crick Institute, London
ABSW Awards 2018
The ABSW Science Writers' Awards for Great Britain and Ireland - record breaking 300 entries this year
European Science Writer of the Year open to European Journalism Association Nominations until 28 February 2018
ABSW Awards Ceremony - 18:00 Wednesday 16 May 2018 - The Royal Society, London
The awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation
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.
Was your last media law training since before the Defamation Act 2013 was passed and a number of other legal changes affecting journalists were made? Or perhaps you haven't been trained in this area at all? Or just need a refresher? If any of these apply to you, the Association of British Science Writers can help.
We are running an all-day media law workshop from on Monday September 25 at the Medical Society of London. Expert trainer David Mascord will cover the main areas of law and media regulation currently affecting the media.
The workshop costs £125 for ABSW members, and £200 for non-members, including vegetarian lunch and refreshments. As full membership is £40, this is an incentive to join! This is a significant discount to commercially-provided courses, which typically come in at over £200. The NUJ encourages writers to do this kind of training every 12-18 months. Course numbers are limited, so book early.
The Lancet family of journals is seeking a fixed term (12 months), part-time communications officer to work on thelancet.com and to manage our social media strategy, accounts, and output. You will be highly motivated and will have experience of using social tools to support content dissemination and brand awareness, through all high impact social platforms (including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) engaging with new audiences, and a keen interest in new social tools and techniques. This new role will work within the Lancet journals’ web, press and marketing teams, and will also liaise with editorial staff, and external authors. Whilst working within a team environment, the person in this role will need to be autonomous in their work, ensuring that their projects are completed to a high standard and to a strict time frame.
As well as familiarity with and experience of social tools, you will have some experience of online publishing. Your writing skills will be first class and you will have a clear view of how an online medical and community operates. This is a 60% position (21 hours per week) based in our London office (125 London Wall, EC2Y 5AS).
For further details and to apply visit:
SciDev.Net is looking to recruit a Digital Producer. This role is responsible for ensuring the visual quality of the SciDev.Net website and for maximising each page’s reach by appropriate use of SEO and other techniques. They ensure production delivery by overseeing digital support tools and provide training for regional and editorial staff. They are responsible for the efficient delivery of technical content, notices and comments and for internal commissioning of graphics and data visualisations. The role will also be expected to provide basic technical support ensuring digital product service delivery for the website and key core business systems (CRM, production manager and analytics tools), through liaison with key suppliers. For the foreseeable future, the Digital Producer will also have some responsibility for User Engagement (e.g. Facebook and Twitter).