Entries to the Dragons' Den: Pitch to the Editors are now closed
Kate Szell pitched her idea at the Dragon's Den session in 2014 and went on to have her idea commissioned and published by Research Fortnight. Read her article on p21 of the 9th July 2014 edition of Research Fortnight
This is how the competition and Dragon's Den session work...
As part of the UK Conference of Science Journalists 2014 we’re once again running our successful 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 Hannah Devlin (The Times) – and sell your ideas, with the opportunity of having your story published on one of their publication’s websites.
The best three ptiches 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!
How to apply
•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 Times 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 Wednesday 18th June in London.
Entries closed on Friday 23rd May.
Successful applicants pitched their news story in front of a live audience at the conference session on Wednesday 18th June.
Meet the Dragons
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.
Hannah Devlin is science editor at The Times, where she has worked since 2009. She has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Oxford.
The ABSW would like to thank Research Fortnight for supporting this session.