Live Blog: Reproducibility in Science: Plenary

Science journalism is meant to cast a critical eye upon science, but science is now casting an increasingly critical eye upon itself. Retractions are on the rise, post-publication peer review dismantles high-profile papers within weeks of airing, and several studies in psychology and medicine have uncovered a startling prevalence of irreproducible results and hidden data. This panel will explore the growing movement to improve the practice of science, and how it affects science journalism.

Chair: James Randerson, Assistant News Editor, The Guardian

Panel: Ivan Oransky, vice president and global editorial director of MedPage Today. Writer of the blogs Embargo Watch and Retraction Watch

Ben Goldacre, physician, academic and science writer

Chris Chambers, senior research fellow in cognitive neuroscience at the school of psychology, Cardiff University. Science writer

Deborah Cohen. investigations editor BMJ

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Live Blog: Narrative in Science Journalism

Longform science writing is flourishing, with a growing number of outlets that publish pieces at 3,000… 5,000… even 10,000 words. This session will look at the art of crafting long narratives, from the minutiae of structure, to tips and tricks for reporting.

Chair: Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, The Guardian

Panel: Helen Pearson, Chief Features Editor, Nature

Will Storr, Author and Journalist

Paul Olding, TV and Film, Director and Producer

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Live Blog: Data Journalism

Discover some of the tools available for data journalism, and how they can be applied to reporting on science, and helping to tell your stories. Let the experts take you through some of their successful projects and teach you how to avoid potential pitfalls.

Chair:Timandra Harkness, Broadcaster, writer and comedian

Panel:Peter Aldhous, Science journalist, contributor MATTER and Medium (remotely from USA)

John Walton, BBC News, Visual Journalism

John Burn-Murdoch, Interactive Data Journalist, The Financial Times

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Live Blog: Successful freelancing

What are the secrets to successful freelancing? How do you take that first step away from the security of a salary and benefits? How do you make a living? Where will the work come from? How do you stick to your deadlines and motivate yourself in an isolated environment? Hear the inside view from three successful freelancers. Chair: Martin Ince, President ABSW, Freelance Journalist Panel: Richard Vize, freelance journalist, communications consultant and public policy expert, working as Public Policy Media Ltd Priya Shetty, Global health journalist, writes for The Lancet, Nature, New Scientist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, BBC Angela Saini, freelance science journalist, broadcaster and author Liveblog will appear below.

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Live Blog: Writing Books

Who doesn’t want to see a spine on a bookshop shelf with their own name on it? But how hard is it to find a subject, write a proposal, choose an agent and land a book deal? And once you’ve banked your advance, how do you stay focused on that mother-of-all-deadlines which may be years away? How much research do you need to do? How do you stay motivated? Come and meet experienced authors, agents and editors.

Chair: Daniel Clery, science journalist and author

Panel: Jo Marchant, award winning science journalist and author

Philip Ball, freelance science writer and winner of the Aventis Prize for Science Books

Karolina Sutton, literary agent, Curtis Brown.

Will Hammond, Editorial Director, The Bodley Head.

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