Investigative Science Journalism Course, Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is pleased to let ABSW members know about a forthcoming short course on investigative science journalism.
Investigative journalism is becoming more challenging as media economics and new technologies change the working environment for journalists. This is a concern for the profession and in the wider society, as it threatens the journalists’ watchdog role, a crucial part of a functioning democracy. For science journalists, stories come increasingly from the corporate sector and the digital industries, making new demands on their investigative skills.
Journalism Internship, CarbonBrief
Carbon Brief’s award-winning journalism and analysis is respected by scientists, journalists, policymakers and campaigners around the world. We write articles and create data visualisations, infographics and videos, all to report on and explain the latest climate science and related policy issues.
You’ll spend time shadowing members of staff and helping out with the different tasks carried out by each part of the team. These all centre on climate change, but include policy writing, science writing, multimedia and social media.
The Today Student journalism awards
The Today Student journalism awards launched on the 2nd of May 2019. It will recognise excellence in student journalism, in six categories, that include, broadcast print and visual journalism. The winner of this year’s prestigious Student Journalism Award will be offered a paid placement on the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme while other category winners will be offered a mix of work experience and a chance to watch the programme go out.
ABSW board member wins a prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT
The Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT seeks to nurture and enhance the ability of journalists from around the world to accurately illuminate the complex intersection of science, technology and human culture.
Two previous ABSW award winners have also won this year's fellowship: Anil Ananthaswamy, who won the Best Investigative Journalism award in 2013; and Eva Wolfangel, winner of the 2018 European Science Writer of the Year award.
Richard is a science journalist and editor who leads the BBC.com digital features teams (RoW) for BBC Global News Ltd in London. That includes the sites Future, Culture and Reel, as well as the social and homepage editors in the UK.
He is also the Editor of BBC Future, the science, technology and health website on BBC.com. Before that he was an editor at New Scientist, working in both the news and features departments.
His current interests include the long-term view of humanity and our impact on future generations. Richard is an ABSW member who was also elected to ABSW governing board this year.
Two other current board members, Ehsan Masood and Mico Tatalovic, were KSJ at MIT fellows in 2017-2018.
Finalists announced for the UK and Ireland’s top science journalism awards
After consideration of two hundred and seventy entries, the judges have decided on the finalists in this year’s Association of British Science Writers’ Awards for Britain and Ireland. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 28 May 2019 in the Science Museum’s new Illuminate event space. The Awards are supported by Johnson & Johnson Innovation along with category support from the Royal Society, the Dr Katharine Giles Fund and NUJ/Stephen White Bequest.
Mico Tatalovic, chair of the judging panel and of the ABSW said: "We have had a near-record number of entries this year, and the standard has been excellent, as usual, which made judging them difficult but also enjoyable. It was great to see some new names – of both journalists and publications – on the shortlist, and several entries that were published in non-science publications. It’s been a privilege to be a part of these awards and see them go from strength to strength over the last few years. We hope to make them even bigger and better next year!”
Science Talks - an educational webinar series for journalists
Science Talks – An Educational Webinar Series for Journalists
Science Talks is an educational webinar series for journalists presented by Wiley in partnership with the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). These complimentary, one-hour sessions are hosted by The Wiley Network to provide journalists with on-going training in science topics of particular global importance.
The next webinar, Science Talks with the American Geriatrics Society: What Journalists Need to Know About Healthy Aging, will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 11:00 am EDT. In this session media will learn:
- What are the dynamics of the aging process and why are we living longer?
- What do geriatricians mean by “healthy aging”?
- How does prevention reduce the risk of serious medical issues?
- What are some of the most common medical issues associated with aging and increased longevity?
- How much physical activity do people over age 50 need? How important is diet in the health of older individuals? What other lifestyle issues are important in healthy aging?