Session Reviews 2012

Session Reviews 2012

Keynote speaker: Jay Rosen on 'wicked problems'

Keynote Speaker Jay RosenJay Rosen, media critic and professor of journalism at NYU, opened the UK Conference of Science Journalists with a masterfully developed inquisition into so-called ‘wicked’ problems of today – many of which are faced by both journalism and the world at large.

Particularly interested in the evolution of journalism in this accelerating digital age, Rosen described himself as a scholar of ‘pressthink’ – “which is sort of like groupthink – but for people in journalism”.

Plenary: Is science journalism special?

This was the most anticipated session of the day, chaired by Guardian’s Alok Jha, and it promised to be an interesting and controversial debate between four great minds in journalism and broadcasting.

Narrative in science writing

Chaired by Alok Jha, science correspondent for The Guardian, this talk provided the hints and tips of three top professionals on how to make your article a truly addictive read.

Offbeat science stories - Review 1

Chair James Randerson, environment and science news editor at The Guardian, introduced what would be one of the day’s recurring themes – that journalists should look for stories beyond the findings in the latest high-impact research papers. But what other stories are out there and where can they be found?

Offbeat science stories - Review 2

The temptation to scour journals and publications for stories has always been there in science journalism, however an increasing number of publications during the past ten years has created an overload of ‘news’. At least, that is the feeling of James Randerson, environment and science news editor at The Guardian and chair of this meeting. But what can be done? Where can we find the smaller stories that so frequently slip under our radar?

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