UKCSJ 14

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

2014 Programme

Wednesday 18 June 09:00-17:00

This page includes a list of the sessions taking place at the UKCSJ14 with links to further details on session content and biographical information on speakers, see Programme Timetable for timing of sessions/breaks.  The Conference starts at 09:00 with coffee and registration and the final session of the day finishes at 17:00 but is followed by tea, cakes and networking.

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Plenary: Sexism in Science Journalism

Two high profile incidents of sexism and science writing in the United States recently sent shockwaves through the profession. An online editor called one black scientist and blogger an “urban whore” after she enquired if there would be a payment for her requested services, while the ‘blogfather’, Bora Zivkovic, was forced to admit to requesting sex from young science journalists in return for a career break, resulting in his resignation as blog editor for Scientific American.

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Dragons' Den: Pitching to the Editors

Following on from the successful session in 2012, early career science journalists tested out their pitching skills live to a panel of editors (Dragons) in front of the audience. The session is intended to tease out the keys to successful pitching and those who take part may well end up finding their story commissioned. Entry to the Dragon's Den is by online application judged by the Dragon's. NB: those selected to pitch get free entry to the UKCSJ.

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Making science spectacular online

Digital platforms offer huge scope for telling science stories with more immediacy, clarity and sheer beauty. This session will showcase some of the best online interactive treatments as well as discussing live blogging and the advantages offered by mobile platforms. What do science journalists have to gain from these new approaches and how are they best used.

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