Enhancing environmental reporting in Africa through UNEP partnership

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a partnership with the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association (KENSJA), to scale up environmental and sustainability reporting in Africa and beyond. In the partnership that was officially announced on Monday 28 May, the UN agency will provide expertise and training on technical issues such as environment agreements and climate change reporting. Journalists will also be facilitated to access story grants.READ MORE

WCSJ2017 – Final Report is now available

All told, nearly 1,400 delegates from 74 countries came to San Francisco, making it the largest such world conference to date. They participated in 61 plenary and breakout sessions featuring 283 speakers; toured labs and sat down to lunch with scientists from our host institutions the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of California, Berkeley; made connections and new friends during the gala opening and closing events; and visited some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s prominent attractions during post-conference field trips.

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All of this was accomplished through an extraordinary group effort by selfless volunteers, generous sponsors, committed partners, and hard-working committee chairs, all of whom piece by piece, panel by panel, event by event made this conference come together as one. Yes, indeed “the whole was greater than the sum of its parts.”

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We salute the hundreds of U.S. and international delegates who traveled to WCSJ2017, engaged with the program and with each other, and brought the buzz of human energy and enthusiasm to our truly global conference. They returned home armed with new skills, knowledge and stronger connections that advance our profession.

Cristine Russell & Ron Winslow
Co-chairs, organizing committee for WCSJ2017


Quotes are taken from the Final Report’s introduction. Download the WCSJ2017 Final Report here.

Science Talks – An Educational Webinar Series from Wiley for Journalists

‘Global warming is a myth.’ ‘Eating blueberries and walnuts may help reduce risk of dementia.” These are just a couple of headlines that bombard consumers in print, on TV and online. How can readers be sure that the information they read or hear is accurate? They must rely on news outlets to provide honest, trustworthy information. But, what if the journalist is using questionable sources or doesn’t fully understanding the scientific data?

In situations when reporters are uncertain about sources or interpreting the science is where the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) can help! The WFSJ provides ongoing training and support for new and seasoned reporters around the world. In partnership with Wiley, we are pleased to introduce to our 59-member associations representing 10,000 science journalists globally a new series of webinars called Science Talks that are brought to you by The Wiley Network.


The first webinar, Science Talks with Cochrane will take place on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 11:00 a.m. ET

In this session, Power of the Media – How to Translate Cochrane Health Evidence to Inform the Public, media will learn:

  • How to use the Cochrane Library to support news stories covering important health subjects;
  • What sets Cochrane evidence aside from other types of health-related studies;
  • Why Cochrane evidence has rigorous quality standards;
  • The role of media in helping to translate medical evidence to help consumers make informed health decisions.

The webinar will include time for questions and answers.


HOW TO REGISTER?

Science Talks webinars are complimentary to WFSJ members and other science journalists interested in the subject. Register for Science Talks today!

If you are not able to attend the live one-hour session the webinars will be recorded for later viewing on the WFSJ website.


WEBINAR PARTNERS

About Cochrane
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. Cochrane produces reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health. These are called systematic reviews.

Cochrane is a not-for-profit organization with collaborators from more than 130 countries working together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Our work is recognized as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Find out more at www.cochrane.org. Follow us on twitter @cochranecollab.

About The Wiley Network

Wiley believes the most successful individuals never stop learning. The Wiley Network draws on trusted Wiley authors, partners, and subject matter experts as well as professional leaders to share their knowledge and experiences to support learning and professional growth. Explore contributions from industry thought-leaders—from those with years of experience to those just starting out. Take advantage of white papers, infographics, interviews, opinion pieces, industry updates, videos, and more to help you stay ahead of the changing world. Customize your experience on The Wiley Network site by selecting your favourite subjects and interests.

About Wiley

Wiley, a global research and learning company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 210 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company’s website can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

 

WFSJ survey highlights

Between March and April, the WFSJ ran a survey among its 59 Member Associations (MA). Its aim was to help us better understand the environment in which our MAs work. The results will also allow us to improve our mission in support of science journalism globally. In total, we received 77 responses, 27 (35%) from MA representatives and 50 (65%) individual responses but all MA affiliates.


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WCSJ2017 partners launch international program fund

The organizers of the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists are pleased to announce plans for a suite of activities to extend the impact of the October 2017 conference in San Francisco by strengthening training, networking, and knowledge-sharing among science journalists worldwide.

A new fund, the WCSJ International Program Fund, has been established by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing in partnership with the National Association of Science Writers to support these efforts through the use of generous donations from WCSJ2017 conference sponsors. The funds were made available through judicious management of conference costs that resulted in savings of more than 10% of the conference budget. In keeping with the wishes of WCSJ2017 sponsors and the organizers, these funds will be used to support science journalism through post-conference activities organized by the partners and coordinated with the World Federation of Science Journalists.


More information here.

Social media sells science short. Sad!

Canadian Board Member and Treasurer, Tim Lougheed, is mind-boggled by the conflict caused by the Internet and social media when writing on science. What’s more, there is an oversharing of preconceived ideas fueled by a stream of images communicating their own little stories. But the medium has also some good things to offer.


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ABSW and CIJ initiative brings science to investigative journalists

For the first time this year, a science programme is featuring in the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s (CIJ) summer conference  (#CIJSummer) in London at Goldsmiths, University of London (28-30 June 2018) thanks to a collaboration with the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW). The idea of the conference is to bring science topics to investigative journalists and foster more critical reporting in science and tech.READ MORE