When the media gets science wrong: the deadly measles epidemic in Serbia

There is a resurgence of a once forgotten disease in the Balkans: measles. The first victim in Serbia is a 30-year-old Belgrade man who died from complications caused by measles, highlighting a crisis blamed on lower vaccination rates – and unethical media coverage.

The man was one of 1,719 cases of measles registered in Serbia since October 2017, according to a recent report from the Serbian Institute for Public Health.


Primers, Program & Biographies for #KS4Austin available!

The science journalism landscape is continually shifting as information on science becomes more accessible. In a world where information moves quickly, open source data has given rise to data journalism and an era where journalists need to vet the authenticity of data often before scientific experts can provide their consensus or seal of approval.READ MORE

#WCSJ2017 – Discover the video page with videos of the key conference sessions

Want to relive some or all of the key sessions at the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco? Or were you unfortunately not one of the 1,360 participants but interested in science topics, such as Reporting on Genome Editing, Africa & Mathematical Sciences, Women in STEM leadership, etc? Check out the session videos page on the WCSJ2017 website hereREAD MORE

Welcome and congrats! to our 59th Member Association, the Croatian Association of Science Writers (CASW)

The goal of the CASW is to “help science journalists do their work well, and stand up for them where appropriate, especially given recent pressure and attacks on science journalists here from public officials. To help new science journalists get into the profession and learn new skills. To network with colleagues abroad, and engage in two-way learning and exchanges.”

The CASW is part of the Croatian Journalists Association, which in turn, is a member of International Federation of Journalists.

Discover all our Member Associations here.

Scholarships. Attend the Kavli Prize in Oslo (1-6 September 2018). New deadline: Monday 22 January

We are pleased to announce five (5) new scholarships for science journalists to attend the Kavli Prize week in Oslo, Norway (1-6 September 2018).

To select the winners of the scholarships the WFSJ will arrange a competition that will be open to science journalists from all over the world. The application deadline is Monday 22 January 2018. The jury, a sub-committee of the WFSJ-Board, will select the winners based on submitted work.

The President of the World Federation of Science Journalists will announce the winners of the scholarships at a press conference at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas (15-19 February 2018).

For more information go to the Kavli Prize page on our website here.

Building sustainable partnerships with the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ)

Lessons learned from the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco.

Organizing the biennial World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) is always a hectic undertaking for both the host organizers and the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). Two crucial questions are inevitably raised: where to find the funding and what will be its environmental and social impact? Therefore, it should be within the WFSJ’s mandate to set high professional standards, not only for the science journalism profession but also for the events we organize.