Live Blog:Dragons’ Den: Pitching to Editors (2014)

Following on from the successful session in 2012, early career science journalists will be able to test out their pitching skills live to a panel of editors (Dragons) in front of the audience.

Host: Timandra Harkness, broadcaster, writer and comedian

Dragons: Helen Pearson, Nature

Ehsan Masood, Research Fortnight

Hannah Devlin, Science Editor,  The Times

This session is supported by Research Fortnight

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Live Blog: Sexism in Science Journalism

Two high profile incidents of sexism and science writing in the United States recently sent shockwaves through the profession.

These affairs resonated across the Atlantic, with many female science journalists both in the UK and the US writing about their experiences of sexism for the first time.

This session will explore if science is simply representative of journalism as a whole or whether it’s a special case. It will explore how to deal with the issue as well as suggesting the possibility of a sexism manifesto to encourage better reporting on women scientists.

Chair: Sue Nelson @sciencenelson
Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
Priya Shetty, global health journalist, has established @SexismInScience
Joan Haran, Freelance Researcher. Research includes media representations – or the lack thereof – of women in science, engineering and technology.

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Live Blog: Plenary – is science journalism special?

Question Mark Cut OutIs science journalism special? Should the reporting of science, health, technology or the environment set itself apart from the rest of journalism and be allowed to bend or break the standard rules?

Some think yes. Scientists should be allowed to check journalists’ articles before publication, some argue, because science is self-correcting and, therefore, categorically different to other subjects that journalists might cover. Others suggest that the discussion and analysis of science should be left to scientists themselves, with journalists merely playing a supporting role in helping to edit their text. Many disagree. Copy-checking, which is rare in most other fields of journalism, is evidence that science journalists and scientists have become too close. Journalists have become cheerleaders for science rather than applying the appropriate standards of scrutiny. Perhaps it comes down the the question of who are science journalists meant to serve? Science (and scientists) or their readers?

These issues and many more (including whether unpublished research be reported or whether embargoes help or hinder accurate science reporting) will be discussed by an expert panel of journalists (science specialists and otherwise) and people framing the future of how journalism is changing. Be prepared to have your views, and your working practices as a science journalist, questioned.

Speakers: Evan Davis, Today Programme, BBC Radio 4. Connie St Louis, President of the ABSW and Director MA Science Journalism. William Cullerne Bown, Chairman and Founder of Research Fortnight and Research Europe. Jay Rosen, Professor of Journalism at New York University.

Chair and Producer: Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, the Guardian.

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Live Blog: So you want to write a science book?

BooksMost journalists have at some time considered writing a book.  Writing and getting a book published was formerly a fairly standard process with the gatekeepers being literary agents and publishers but the digital world has changed this.  What are the new options for publishing and where should the aspiring author start?

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