European Science Writer of the Year: 2018 nominees and finalists announced

The Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) has announced the finalists of the 2018 edition of the  European Science Writer Award. The winner will be announced at the 5th European Conference of Science Journalists (ECSJ2018) on Sunday 8 July in Toulouse, France.  

“This competition has been growing each year, and we’ve had a record number of entries this year,” said Mico Tatalovic, chairman of ABSW. “It’s fantastic to see so many excellent science journalists producing an amazing variety of high-quality content around the continent.” 

“I’m looking forward to meeting the winners at the ECSJ in Toulouse in July,” said Mico Tatalovic. “I hope the award encourages other journalism associations to set up their own awards to celebrate excellence and courage in science reporting,” he added. “It has already helped us to profile excellence in science journalism beyond our national borders and to get over the language barriers, as well as to nurture a sense of science journalism community that has shared values and goals.”


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 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.


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

PCST2018: Engage audiences using emotions, facts and figures!

WFSJ board member, Wolfgang Goede, participated in the Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST2018) that was hosted at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand (4-6 April). One of the main subjects discussed was ‘How to engage lay people in science?’ The answer: ‘Don’t lecture, rather play with your audience. Be creative and artistic. Make attendees participate and connect with each other. Let them become emotional.’ There are some valuable lessons for science journalists in this as well. In his article, Wolfgang shares some of the highlights from PCST2018. READ MORE


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