The third UK Conference of Science Journalists took place at The Royal Society in London on Wednesday 18 June 2014.

Successful freelancing

What are the secrets to successful freelancing?  How do you take that first step away from the security of a salary and benefits?  How do you make a living?   Where will the work come from? How do you stick to your deadlines and motivate yourself in an isolated environment?   Hear the inside view from three successful freelancers.

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Data Journalism

Discover some of the tools available for data journalism, and how they can be applied to reporting on science, and helping to tell your stories. Let the experts take you through some of their successful projects and teach you how to avoid potential pitfalls. 


Timandra Harkness, Broadcaster, writer and comedian


Peter Aldhous, Science journalist, contributor MATTER and Medium (remotely from USA)

John Walton, BBC News, Visual Journalism

John Burn-Murdoch, Interactive Data Journalist, The Financial Times

Session Audio

Download the recording here.

Session Review

Fiona Muir deals with data, spreadsheets and datascraping here.

Session Resources

John Walton's slides

Peter Aldhous shared his slides (Link to External Website)

Narrative in Science Journalism

Longform science writing is flourishing, with a growing number of outlets that publish pieces at 3,000... 5,000... even 10,000 words. This session will look at the art of crafting long narratives, from the minutiae of structure, to tips and tricks for reporting. 

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Plenary: Reproducibility in Science

Science journalism is meant to cast a critical eye upon science, but science is now casting an increasingly critical eye upon itself. Retractions are on the rise, post-publication peer review dismantles high-profile papers within weeks of airing, and several studies in psychology and medicine have uncovered a startling prevalence of irreproducible results and hidden data. This panel explored the growing movement to improve the practice of science, and how it affects science journalism. 

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