The Australian Science Writers website will shortly be closing down and redirecting to the newly-launched Science Journalists Association of Australia site: a new organisation dedicated to supporting Australian science journalists and science journalism. If you have found this site useful, all the same resources will be available on the SJAA website.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists annual media awards are open for entries. The awards honour "accurate reporting on women's health matters", and are open to any print, radio, television or online story published/aired in Australia or New Zealand between 1 August 2018 and 30 July 2019. More details here.
If you have a non-fiction science, micro-history or history manuscript hiding in your top drawer, here's the chance to bring it forth and give it life. Varuna - the writers' house in Katoomba - is partnering with independent press Scribe Publications to offer a week-long, publishing-intensive mentorship and residency. "The residency includes manuscript feedback and … Continue reading Scribe Varuna residency for science/history non-fiction manuscript
The entry window for the Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists, awarded by the US-based Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, closes on June 30. This award is "intended to encourage young science writers by recognizing outstanding reporting and writing in any field of science." Applicants must aged under 30 years, and … Continue reading Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalists
News.com.au has advertised for a technology reporter to cover "everything from the latest scientific discoveries to military news, the latest smart phone releases, new gadgets, internet outages, Facebook bans, and consumer focused tech reviews." The role could suit a general reporter with an interest in science and technology, and they're looking for someone with previous reporting … Continue reading News.com.au hiring technology reporter
Following on from the last post about The Conversation looking for a deputy section editor for science and technology, they're also looking to hire a full-time, in-house section editor for energy and environment, to be based in Melbourne. As before, the job is to "commission, edit and publish text-based articles as well as content drawing on … Continue reading The Conversation seeks Energy & Environment section editor
The Conversation is looking for a journalist for the full-time role of deputy section editor for Science and Technology. The Melbourne-based position involves commissioning, editing and publishing articles, as well as digital storytelling, and they're after someone with journalism experience, skills in digital storytelling, the ability to build a network of contacts, highly developed research … Continue reading The Conversation hiring deputy science & technology editor
The Crawford Fund's annual journalism award recognises journalism that examines issues of global food security with an Australian focus, including food supply, production, R&D, trade, food loss and waste, biosecurity, training and policy issues etc. The prize is a 'seeing is believing' visit to "experience and report on Australia's work in international agricultural development." Entries must … Continue reading Crawford Fund Journalism Award – entries due June 14
In light of the recent AFP raids on Australian journalists, this article by journalism academic Glynn Greensmith in WA Today is a timely read to remind us about what journalism, why we need it, and why we should care about these raids. "Journalism is the gatekeeper of democracy. We’ve been directly or indirectly told this … Continue reading What is journalism? And why should we care?
Fairfax newspapers The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have published their guidelines for reporting on medical research, which includes a focus on human trials published in reputable, peer-reviewed journals. Other principles include examining conflicts of interest disclosures, seeking independent comment, and avoiding terms such as 'safe', 'guaranteed' or 'miraculous'. The full guidelines can be … Continue reading Fairfax releases guidelines on reporting medical research