In what she joked was a Martin Luther-King moment, Fiona Fox told the UKCSJ that the Leveson enquiry provided an opportunity for science journalists to dream about how great their profession could be.
This session covered how to pitch to editors as a freelancer, and invited aspiring science journalists to submit pitches ahead of the conference. The best three then had to present them Dragon’s Den style on the day to a panel of editors: Helen Pearson, chief features editor at Nature; Ehsan Masood, editor of Research Fortnight; and James Randerson, environment and science news editor at The Guardian.
In this session, chaired by Toby Murcott, producer, lecturer and science writer, the panel and the audience made up of mostly public relations and press officers discussed the pressing need for transparency in a world where PR copy flows readily into news.
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