WCSJ 2009 News

Three angry nerds drink and talk about a misguided profession

Ben's site has the invitation!Ben Goldacre (Bad Science), Vaughan Bell (MindHacks.com) and Petra Boynton (Dr. Petra, yes) are inviting to a troublemaker's fringe in one of London's pubs, after the conference on the night of July 1st. If you're in the mood, they're willing to "explain how and why mainstream media’s science coverage is broken, misleading, dangerous, lazy, venal, and silly". Sounds like fun, huh? Here's the invitation: World Conference of Science Journalists – Troublemakers Fringe, Penderel’s Oak Pub, Holborn, 1st July 8pm – Midnight

Cairo, Helsinki, Nairobi and Kampala bidding to host 2011 World Conference

Journalists in 2011. As a statement on the growth of science journalism in the developing world, three of the bidders Egypt, Kenya and Uganda are from the developing world. The fourth bid is from Finland.

The Arab Science Journalists’ Association (ASJA) has partnered with the United States’ National Association of Science Writers (NASW) to present the first ever-joint bid between two associations to host a World Conference of Science Journalists. The conference would be held in Cairo.

In another first, MESHA, which stands for Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture, based in Nairobi (Kenya), is proposing Nairobi as the place for science journalists to meet in 2011.

From Helsinki (Finland), the Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists (FASEJ) proposes to host the 2011 Conference at the University of Helsinki City Campus from 28th June to 2nd July 2011.

And the Uganda Science Journalists Association (USJA), one of the first two African bids, is determined to host the Conference in March or April 2011, in Kampala.

You are most welcome to hear the arguments of the four bidders when they present to the Board of the World Federation, on Monday 29th June from 1600 to 1745 in the Ondaatje Lecture Theatre at the Royal Geographical Society, in South Kensington, London, UK.

The Board of the World Federation of Science Journalists will announce the winning bid and the location of the 2011 World Conference during the WFSJ General Assembly, Wednesday 1st July at 1630. in the John Tudor room, 2nd floor of the Conference venue, Central Hall Westminster, during the 6th World Conference of Science Journalists, beginning 29th June 2009, in London, United Kingdom.

- Mohammad Kawsar Uddin, Noakhaliweb News, 24 June 2009.

Cairo, Helsinki, Nairobi and Kampala bidding to host 2011 World Conference

Attitudes and beliefs about cancer – can journalists make a difference?

By Anna Wagstaff and Peter McIntyre

How do people form their attitudes and beliefs about cancer? This is a topic that in some societies is difficult even to mention – as if talking about cancer made it more likely to strike. 

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