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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Live Blog:Journalists as entrepreneurs - finding your voice

It’s never been easier for journalists to set up our own blogs, produce our own podcasts or make our own videos. But how do you go beyond just building an online portfolio? How do you build something that has a unique view of the world and does something that others don’t? We’ll use examples of prominent new journalistic startups to examine how to find your niche, to make your name and build, and say, something others haven’t already.

Chair: Alok Jha, Science Correspondent, The Guardian

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

Jim Giles, co-founder of Matter

Adam Smith, Reporter, Research Fortnight

Jody Sugrue, Creative Director at National Geographic

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Live Blog: Running your own business

As a freelancer there is plenty to consider in terms of setting up your own business, will you set up a company or act as a sole trader for example?   What are your legal obligations in terms or record keeping and tax?   How can you ensure you make the most of your hard earned money?  An exploration of the nitty gritty of setting up your own journalism/writing business.

Chair: Martin Ince, President ABSW, Freelance journalist

Panel: Toby Murcott, Freelance journalist and sole trader

Richard Hollingham, Boffin Media

Martin Connell, Accountant

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Live Blog: Statistics in Science Journalism

Want to know if crotch length can actually predict infertility in men? Or if coffee really does cause pancreatic cancer? This session will explore how to report research and statistics focusing on how to find limitations; how not to get things wrong; and, also how to spot a potential scoop

Panel: Deborah Cohen, Investigations Editor, BMJ

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

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