Journos get confident with data with new online training

Australians need journalists with the ability to report on scientific issues. Continue reading

Space Dogs and Quantum Fields: Winners of AIP’s 2013 Science Communication Awards Announced

Authors Tom Siegfried and Jeffrey Bennett honoured in the AIP’s 2013 Science Communication Awards Continue reading

Bragg UNSW press prize for science writing 2013

The winner of The Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2013 was announced by the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir at a ceremony last night at Government House in Sydney.
Professor Fred Watson won the $7000 winner’s prize for his piece ‘Here come the ubernerds: Planets, Pluto and Prague’, from […]

Encourage discussion, write for the Big Science Communication Summit – tickets to attend up for grabs!

This opens up exciting opportunities for our members to be involved in the event, explore today’s sci comm issues and be on-ground reporters for the event. Tickets to attend are up for grabs and you can have a writer profile on the Summit website.
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Cheer squad, critic or crusader? Science and medical writers today

[ 17 May 2013; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Cheer squad or critic? Awareness raiser, crusader or watchdog? What is the role of science and medical writers today?
Join us for a discussion on this, and more, by a panel of expert science and medical writers in Sydney on 17 May. This is a joint event of the Australian Science Communicators and the Australasian Medical Writers’ […]

The problem with science reporting

Susannah Elliott CEO of the Australia Science Media Centre talks to Radio National – Media Report about the lack of science journalists.
Australian journalism isn’t covering science based stories very well.  And these include disease, obesity, climate change, natural disasters and the Murray-Darling. But increasingly science is being ghettoised into the sensational or the quirky, as […]

The pseudoscientific merry-go-round takes another turn

Dr Rob Morrison writes:
The endless debates about climate change in the media could lead you to think that it is the only important issue on which science is trying to make some headway with a skeptical (if not antagonistic) public.
Not so. Try health or, more specifically, the various health “treatments” that are offered to a […]

Bryson explains why he wrote A Short History of Nearly Everything – video

What possessed self-confessed “terrible science student” Bill Bryson to write a book about the science of everything?
All writing is “an instinct to share amazing information” he explains in this short film from the Wellcome Trust and “science is fundamentally amazing.”

Book Review: Genome Generation

By Daniella Goldberg, Gene Genie Media.
This year marks the tenth anniversary since the epic task of sequencing all three billion letters of the human genome. The Genome Generation by Dr Elizabeth Finkel, molecular biologist turned science journalist, reveals the impact of the genome revolution and how it affects everyone in some way, whether it’s predicting your genetic […]

The Guardian finds the conversation~woo hoo~and more re; scientists v journalists

I thought this was an interesting read. I didn’t, however, agree with the comment that articles on the Conversation are boring.  Anyway the thrust of this post is there appears to be an ongoing online debate about how science should be communicated by journalists and vice versa.  In many of these articles there are a […]