Summer School


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.

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.

One of the ten Knight fellows for 2019-2020 is ABSW board member Richard Fisher, managing editor of features (RoW), including BBC Future, Culture and Reel.

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 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 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.

More about Richard.

More about the fellowship.

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!” 

Here are the individuals elected to serve on the ABSW Executive Board at last week's AGM.   These individuals will serve two years on the Board as at the AGM the standing orders were amended so that individuals are now elected for two year terms rather than one.  Congratulations to them all.   

The ABSW has partnered up with CIJ for the second year running, to bring the science beat closer to investigative reporters.

We are organizing three sessions on science reporting at the CIJ’s Investigative Journalism Summer Conference: Where new tools meet traditional craft on 4-6 July 2019 in London, UK.

ABSW also has five travel grants for its members to attend the conference, and all ABSW members get 20% discount on registration.

The science sessions this year are the following:

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