Christina Scott from SciDev.net, South Africa, and Chris Smith from the Naked Scientists gave their closing address with a tongue in cheek retrospective video of some of the conference’s choice moments and interviews, whilst the community showed its gratitude to the key organizers by presenting flowers to Julie Clayton, UK science journalist, Sallie Robins, UK science publicist, Sarah Willan from Benchmark Communications, UK and Fiona Fox from the Science Media Centre, UK.
WCSJ 2009 Session Reviews
Reporting on creationism was one of the hottest debates during the WCSJ in London. Science journalists from all around the world listened to the views of James Randerson, environment website editor at the Guardian newspaper and Michael Reiss, academic of science education and a priest in the Church of England.
The main question of the session “Balance not needed? Science journalism and the reporting of creationism” was if it was true that science journalists give more space or weight to the scientific view when reporting about creationism.
In this session, three science journalists talked about moments in their careers in which they chose to take a non-objective position in the name of science.
At the beginning a showreel was played introducing stories by Jonica Newby, science writer from Australia. These stories covered various fields of science: Medieval Islamic Scientist, Cosmologists, Time and Science, Urban Myth, Story of Oil, Chemistry of Mud, and How the Body Wakes Up. Jonica stressed that although it seems that science TV is thriving, TV-stations during this crisis are more or less closing their science divisions and budget cuts appeared in the beginning of this year. As a consequence filming is not carried out in studios, it has to be done in the natural environment.