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Monday 6 April 2020

ESSENTIAL NEW RESOURCE TO HELP SCIENCE JOURNALISTS REPORTING ON COVID-19

Montréal/Brussels – Today. The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) has launched a new digital platform to assist science journalists who cover the COVID-19 situation.

WFSJ-COVID-19-Briefing (https://wfsj-briefing.org/) is an online hub where science journalists can find scientific information about the COVID-19 crisis and share best practices on covering this type of subject.

“The role of science journalists has never been more important than it is today” said Milica Momcilovic, President of the WFSJ and TV Anchor (RTS, Serbia). “The site is entirely curated by science journalists and is intended to show only the most trustworthy information”.

Built and launched in only 8 days, the site is a collaborative effort of science journalists. It  includes scientific papers and analysis of science as well as many links to sources of information. in a central, searchable database. It also provides information and fact-checking sites for false and fake news, as well as advice from experienced journalists.

The managing editor is Mandi Smallhorne, Vice-President of the WFSJ and President of the South African Science Journalists Association. “Our idea was to provide a kind of one-stop-shop, a place where you can find the basic info, sources and evolving science without having to spend hours trawling the net as you race to cover this pandemic,” she says. “We’d also like to showcase good work, so we invite science journalists to share any excellent articles they come across – as well as great new science, new contacts and new sources. Contact me at covid19editor@wfsj-briefing.org.”

“Misinformation about COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate” said Christophe Bourillon, Executive Director of the WFSJ. “The WFSJ COVID-19 Briefing is a tool to ease the job of science and other journalists so they can concentrate on reporting”.

Press Contacts:

Christophe Bourillon, Executive Director, WFSJ, Email: cbourillon@wfsj.org

Press Release in French / Communiqué de Presse en Français

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Two travel grants offered to members of WFSJ to attend the Abel Prize week in Oslo, Norway, 18-20 May 2020.

The Abel Prize is an annual international prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. In addition to honoring outstanding mathematicians, the Abel Prize shall contribute towards raising the status of mathematics in society and stimulating the interest of children and young people in mathematics. More about the prize.

Journalists receiving a scholarship will have the opportunity to interview the Laureate(s) and have access to all the events, including the award ceremony, the banquet, and the Abel lectures. The grant covers travel expenses. The hotel in Oslo is being provided by the Abel Prize organisers.  

To apply, please send the following to cbourillon@wfsj.org : a copy of your CV, a letter indicating your interest in the field and your experience in covering mathematics, your name, media, country, the name of your national WFSJ member association, and your contact information.

Application deadline: 18 March 2020.

Applications will be reviewed between 18 March -1 April 2020 by a WFSJ selection committee.          

Winners will be notified during the first week of April.

Two Scholarships for Science Journalists to attend the Abel Prize 2020

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Press scholarships offered to attend the Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Award Ceremony in Norway, 2-5 June 2020

The WFSJ is pleased to announce that two journalists are invited to attend the Award Ceremony of the 2020 Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize, as well as related events to take place in Bergen and Oslo (Norway), from 2-5 June, 2020. The two recipients of the grants will be guests of the Holberg Prize and the University of Bergen and will be invited to all the events, including the Award Ceremony and the Government Banquet on 4 June 2020.

The grants cover travel expenses, hotel accommodation, and meals. An interview with the Holberg Laureate and/or the Nils Klim Laureate may be arranged if requested. The recipients will be selected by the WFSJ (see application information below).

The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to scholars who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, law or theology. The Prize is worth NOK 6 million (approx. USD 660,000).

The Nils Klim Prize is awarded annually to a researcher under the age of 35, from a Nordic country, who has made an outstanding contribution to research in the fields covered by the Holberg Prize. The Prize is worth NOK 500,000 (approx. EUR 50,000).

On 5 March, the 2020 Holberg Prize was awarded to British-Canadian scholar Griselda Pollock for her contributions to feminist art history and cultural studies. The Nils Klim Prize was awarded to Danish theologian Frederik Poulsen for his research on The Old Testament.

The Holberg Prize and the Nils Klim Prize will both be officially awarded during a ceremony in the University Aula in Bergen on 4 June, 2020.

Visit the Holberg Prize website for more information on the Prizes, the Laureates and the Holberg Week events.

The Press scholarships

The Holberg Prize will cover travel and accommodation expenses, as well as meals.

The journalists will be invited to attend the Holberg Prize and Nils Klim Prize Award Ceremony, and the Government Banquet, on 4 June, as well as all other events during the Holberg Week.

An interview with the Holberg Laureate or the Nils Klim Laureate, respectively, and/or other prominent speakers at the academic events may be arranged.

Application Deadline

Applications must be received no later than Monday 30 March 2020.

Eligibility

All journalists may apply. It is preferable that the applicant has experience in covering issues related to one or more of the academic fields covered by the Holberg Prize.

Selection committee and decision

The WFSJ administers the scholarship and is responsible for selecting the grant recipients. The WFSJ will select the two journalists on the basis of their letters of application and documented experience.

How to apply

Should you wish to apply for one of the scholarships, please send an email headed «WFSJ/Holberg Prize Press Scholarship» to cbourillon@wfsj.org , no later than Monday 30 March 2020, with the following:

1.     A copy of your CV.

2.     A brief letter highlighting your interest in attending the Holberg Prize events and ceremony.

Your application should include your name, media, country, the name of your national member association (if applicable), your e-mail address, your mobile telephone number.

Applications will be reviewed between 31 March-17 April 2020 by a committee with representatives from the WFSJ Office.