Entries to the Dragons' Den: Pitch to the Editors are now closed!
Here's what you can expect on Monday 25th June when the Dragons will be in action.
As part of the UK Conference of Science Journalists 2012 we’re running a session with a difference – Dragons’ Den: Pitch to the Editors.
This is your chance to stand in front of our three Dragons – Helen Pearson (Nature), Ehsan Masood (Research Fortnight) and James Randerson (Guardian) – and sell your ideas, with the opportunity of having your story published on one of their publication’s websites.
The best three will be chosen, and those people not only get to attend the conference free of charge, they also get to stand up in front of the Dragons live on the day. The session is intended to be fun and light hearted but also informative, with the constructive criticism of the Dragon's providing an insight into what makes for a successful pitch.
If they’re good pitches you could get your story published by one – if they’re really good you might even have them fighting over it!
What we want(ed)
•Short pitches (no more than 300 words, but the shorter the better) for a news story about any aspect of science, suitable for publication in Nature, the Guardian or Research Fortnight (although you don’t need to specify which – the Dragons will decide that on the day!). You can check out the biographies below for a bit more information on the editors and their publications.
•Examples of your writing – this isn’t essential but if you have some then do send them on. They can be links to online content, or attachments if they’re not readily accessible online.
•You should be an early career science writer – you might be a student, a recent graduate, a freelancer, or even a scientist with a great story.
•You must be free to attend the conference on Monday June 25th.
How to apply: Entries are now closed!
Decisions will be made by Friday June 8th.
Successful applicants will then be asked to pitch their news story in front of a live audience at the conference session on Monday June 25th. More details about what to expect on the day will be given once the final three have been chosen.
Meet the Dragons
Dr James Randerson is environment and science news editor at the Guardian. He was previously online environment editor and science correspondent and before that was deputy news editor at New Scientist magazine. He has a PhD in evolutionary genetics. The Guardian is a global digital media organisation and national newspaper with a liberal voice. It serves a non-specialist audience and is always in the market for science, environment and health stories that will amaze, astonish, inform and entertain our readership.
Helen Pearson runs the features section for Nature, where she has been writing and editing since 2001. She has a PhD in genetics and specialises in long form and biomedical journalism. Nature is a world-leading international journal publishing the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology, as well as authoritative, insightful news, features and comment for the scientific community.
Ehsan Masood is the editor of Research Fortnight and has overall editorial responsibility for the 'Research' family of science policy publications including Research Europe. Research Fortnight was established in 1994 and is read by academics, policymakers and research managers in UK universities; as well as in government, industry and campaign groups. Ehsan also teaches international science policy at Imperial College and occasionally presents programmes for BBC Radio 4.
The ABSW would like to thank Research Fortnight for supporting this session.