Registration for European Conference of Science Journalism
The next European Conference of Science Journalism (ECSJ) will take place in Trieste, Italy, 3-4 July 2020 as a satellite event of ESOF2020 – EuroScience Open Forum.
New European Federation for Science Journalism launched
WCSJ2019, Lausanne (Switzerland) – Science journalists and all those who care for the quality and independence of the media coverage of topics related to science, health, environment and innovation have now a new “one-stop shop”, thanks to the launch of the new European Federation for Science Journalism, EFSJ (www.efsj.eu).
The new Federation held its first official meeting in Lausanne, during the very successful 11th World Conference of Science Journalists, WCSJ2019, which was jointly organized by three of the seven EFSJ founding members: SASJ (from Switzerland), AJSPI (France) and SWIM (Italy).
WCSJ2019 (www.wscj2019.eu) attracted more than 1250 registered delegates from 83 countries.
The presidents of all the seven founding associations – from France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Russian Federation, Switzerland and the UK – met during a lively general assembly open to all conference delegates, to elect the first governing board and to agree on the first steps for the new federation.
Two ABSW members elected to the board of new European EFSJ
Two ABSW board members, Anita Makri and Mico Tatalovic, both freelance science journalists, have been elected to the board of the new European Federation for Science Journalism (EFSJ).
EFSJ is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote independent, high-quality science journalism across Europe.
The presidents of all the seven EFSJ founding associations – from France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Russian Federation, Switzerland and the UK – met during a lively general assembly to elect the first governing board and to agree on the first steps for the new federation. The meeting took place at the WCSJ19 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 4 July 2019, and it was open to all conference delegates.
Krijn Soeteman (VWN, The Netherlands) was elected president, and Olga Dobrovidova (AKSON, Russian Federation) was elected vice-president.
Free online training/trial: AI summarizer/organizer of research papers & automated transcription service
Free training and trial on an AI summarizer/organizer of research papersScholarcy is one of several companies using machine learning tools to summarise and organise research papers, and is aimed at scientists, publishers, students, librarians – and journalists.
They are now offering ABSW members a free online tour of their AI tools and how to use them, as well as a free 3-month trial.
The training will take place at 9-10 am on Wednesday 4 September 2019 (online training).
Free training and trial of an automated transcription serviceTrint is one of several companies offering automated transcription of your audio and video interviews, powered by AI.
They have offered ABSW members a free online tour of their service and how to use it, as well as 3 hours of extra processing time in addition to a 30-minute free trial.
The training will take place at 10-11 am on Wednesday 21 August 2019 (online training).
Please note that the ABSW does not endorse any specific company and is not receiving any money from this training.
Creators’ lobby group relaunches
ABSW member Mike Harrison writes:
A body championing the hopes of writers and other creative workers for fairer contract terms has come of age. The CRA, with which the ABSW has a long-standing connection, will re-launch in September as a lobbying organisation: Creators’ Rights Alliance Ltd.
The ABSW has been a CRA supporter for 17 years. The latter began as an informal collaboration between bodies representing and supporting creative workers. Recent uncertainties about the future of UK legislation arising from Brexit suggest that a more robust campaigning stance is now needed. Hence the move to a company limited by guarantee which will be able to find and exploit funds from outside sources.
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