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
An ABSW Event: Exclusives and how to get them
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.
Registration is now closed for the ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017
Wednesday 5 July 2017
Summer School: 09:00-17:45
Evening careers/networking event open to all delegates 17:45-20:30
Venue: The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
ABSW Student Member: £15 inc VAT
ABSW Member (all other categories): £30 inc VAT
All others: £100 inc VAT
Your delegate fees include all materials, lunch/tea/coffee and drinks and canapes at the evening event.
Register and Pay Now (Registration now closed)
If you wish to join the ABSW and pay the reduced ABSW delegate rate there is a special offer of 50% off ABSW membership rates for those attending the Summer School.
Among engineers, it is conventional wisdom that engineering is badly served by broadcasters and the press: especially when its coverage is compared to that of science and medicine. This, it is said, contributes to the shortage of young engineering talent coming through the UK system. At this panel discussion, organised by UCL and the Association of British Science Writers, we will focus on how the media works, why engineering ends up being neglected (if that’s true), and how engineers can help to ensure their subject is communicated better. Among the issues we expect to discuss are: novelty (if the proof-of-concept was written up, is the engineering prototype old news?); secrecy (is it a story if the 'what' is revealed but not the 'how'?); jargon (the significance of the work is hidden by technical language); competition (engineers won’t give quotes praising the work of those from other companies); and PR (journalists suspicious of stories from press releases).
ABSW Science Journalism Summer School 2017: a one-day event to kick-start or reinvigorate your career in science journalism
In association with the World Federation of Science Journalists
Held on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at The Wellcome Trust
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For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
|09:00-09:30||Coffee and registration|
|09:30-09:35||Welcome and introduction, Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC|
New media trends
Moderator: Martin Ince, Treasurer, ABSW board and freelance science writer
The role of critical science journalism in the fake news world
Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, ITV
Moderator: Pallab Ghosh, Honorary President, ABSW and science correspondent for BBC
Pitching skills - how and where to sell you story ideas
Investigative science reporting
|13:15-14:30||Lunch and networking|
Data journalism skills
EurekAlert!’s science news service and media survey results
Brian Lin, director of editorial content strategy at EurekAlert! will introduce EurekAlert! and its editorial policies, explain how you can get access to it, and present results from its latest survey of science journalists
Moderator: Mico Tatalovic, Chair, ABSW board and Environment and Life Sciences News Editor, New Scientist
|17:30 - 21:00||Meet commissioning editors, pitch your stories and get career advice from seasoned reporters
This networking session will allow you to get bespoke careers advice from journalists and editors in the national and international media. You’ll have the opportunity to sit across the table from some of the key science editors and reporters, and have their full, undivided attention, be it to pitch story ideas or ask them any career questions you may have.
A stellar array of editors and writers from a variety of international media will be on hand to give you one-to-one personalised advice about how to make it as a science journalist, and give feedback on story ideas you have.
For more on the speakers visit our speaker biographies page
The ABSW would like to thank The Wellcome Trust for venue support.
Evening Careers Event:
In association with:
***Please note the event date has now moved to Wed 3 May (previously Wed 26 April)***
The ABSW has organised an evening event with journalist Meirion Jones from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (formerly of the BBC's Newsnight and Panorama) on one of the most shocking tech-based scandals to break in recent years – the fake bomb detector scam that saw completely useless devices sold to governments around the world.
Whether you want to learn from the very best, get inspiration for investigations or just make your very own bogus bomb detector, it promises to be a great evening.
ABSW AGM 2017
Date and time: Thursday 30 March 2017 18:30 for 19:00 start
Venue: The First Class Lounge, The Parcel Yard, King's Cross Station, London, N1C 4AH
Please note the venue is inside the station at the far end of station concourse (closest reference point the Harry Potter Shop and Platform 9&3/4s)
Are you an aspiring science journalist? If so, would you like some free bespoke careers advice from journalists in the national media?
If your answer is “Yes!” to both questions, then you cannot afford to miss an exclusive event organised by the Association of British Science Writers on Wednesday 2 November.
Michael Hanlon former science editor of the Daily Mail sadly died earlier this month.
Friends, family and colleagues have come together to organise a celebration of Michael’s life and work. Everyone who knew Michael is welcome - whether that’s as a friend, colleague or just someone you kept bumping into at press briefings or conferences.
Friday 11 March
The Wellcome Trust
215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
Please RSVP to:
The evening will include tributes and readings from close friends. If you would like to discuss speaking at the event, please email Tracey Brown:
For more on Michael's work see the website of Jurassica of which he was the founder and CEO http://www.jurassica.org/