[PCST] Science Journalism Summer School

Mićo Tatalović via Network network at lists.pcst.co
Sun May 17 22:20:47 CEST 2015

Registration is now open for ABSW Science Journalism Summer School: a one day event to kick start or reinvigorate your career in science journalism

Thursday 25 June 2015, London, The Royal Society, London -

Register here:

Date: Thursday 25 June 2015
Venue: The Royal Society, London

Confirmed Speakers to date:
Martin Ince, President, ABSW; Connie St Louis, Director of City's Science Journalism MA; Deborah Cohen, Investigations Editor, BMJ; Inga Vesper, News Editor, SciDev.net; Graham Lawton, New Scientist, Deputy Editor; Jonathan Stoneman, Freelance Trainer in Open Data; Sue Nelson, freelance science journalist and broadcaster; Mark Peplow, freelance science journalist, Anjana Ahuja, freelance science journalist; Jeremy Webb, Editor-in-Chief, New Scientist; Helen Pearson, Chief Features Editor, Nature


09:00  Coffee and registration

09.25 -09:30 Welcome and introduction

9.30 - 10.30  What's special about science journalism: the basics
What are the special skills needed in science journalism?  A journey through the practicalities of science journalism including: embargoes, research papers, the research process, ethics and more.

10.30 - 11.30 Investigative science journalism
Investigative science journalism presents a further set of challenges for science journalists.   Key issues being time, and gaining access to information.   Learn the how and why of telling stories that others are trying to bury.

11.30 - 11.50 Coffee/tea break

11.50 - 12.50 Data journalism
Discover some of the tools available for data journalism, and how they can be applied to reporting on science, and helping to tell your stories.

12.50 - 14.15 Lunch

14.15 - 15.15 Pitching skills
Take part in a highly interactive session to develop your pitching skills.   Whether you are pitching as a staff journalist or a freelancer you need to learn how to make your potential stories stand out from the crowd.

15.15 - 16:15 Successful freelancing
You might be considering some freelance work as part of your other work commitments or thinking about making freelance work your main source of income.  Freelance science journalists will discuss sources of work, original approaches, copyright issues and the tools that they use to manage their time.

16:15 - 16.35 Coffee/tea break

16.35 - 17:35 Meet the Editors
A panel of commissioning editors will outline their editorial priorities and direction.  Get an insight into the minds of editors, and a chance to network with those who could commission your stories.  NB: there will be time at the end of the conference for you to introduce yourself and chat with the editors on the panel

17:35 - 18:00 Evaluation/round up/networking/social

The ABSW would like to thank The Royal Society for venue suppport

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