The American Association for Cancer Research's annual June L Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism is calling for entries, which are due by December 12. The prize will "will honor and reward outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy." There are six categories of prize: large and small … Continue reading AACR June L. Biedler prize for cancer journalism – entries due Dec 12
The New York Times' Australian bureau has just advertised for a full-time reporter to join the Sydney office and "report and write news and feature stories, with an emphasis on climate, science and technology". More details here.
International science magazine New Scientist has advertised for a maternity leave science reporter position in its Sydney office. "As the Australia reporter, the successful candidate will report on scientific advances taking place across Australasia, East Asia, and worldwide. They will write across all science disciplines, and also have opportunities to write for our features and … Continue reading Science reporter position with New Scientist in Sydney
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has just advertised for a full-time journalist, based in Melbourne, to "research and write news-focused articles, profiles and feature articles for newsGP." The job is permanent, and they're looking for "a journalist with extensive experience, preferably in a daily newspaper/website or a publication in a health-related field." Experience … Continue reading Full-time journalist wanted at Royal Australian College of GPs
Science journalist Bianca Nogrady (founder of this website) is running a one-day workshop on science writing, at Writing NSW in Sydney on Saturday 24 November. The course will equip you with the tools to find good science stories and the scientists who inhabit them; to understand the basic principles of science writing including background research and … Continue reading Workshop: The Secrets of Science Writing (Sydney)
Pitching is one of the hardest parts of being a freelance writer, because it takes a lot of effort to craft a good pitch but you have no idea if it will succeed (and more often than not, it doesn't). Here's a really good article from the Neiman Lab about the secrets to a good … Continue reading How to pitch to editors
The 2019 World Conference of Science Journalists - a biennial event held next year in Lausanne - is inviting applications for travel fellowships to enable journalists to attend who might not otherwise be able to. The conference is the flagship event of the World Federation of Science Journalists, and attracts thousands of journalists, editors and … Continue reading Travel fellowships for the 2019 World Conference of Science Journalists
Australia's only festival entirely focused on science writing is celebrating its second happening on Saturday 3 November in Sydney. This event is a remarkable gathering of who's who in science writing, journalism, non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Sessions include 'Writing about science in a post-truth world', Frankenstein's Monster: scientific hubris', 'Loving the apocalypse', and 'Writing Nature' … Continue reading Quantum Words science writing festival, 3 November, Sydney
The Open Notebook has waded into a debate that has been going on since the early days of modern science journalism: do you need a science degree to be a science journalist? This great piece by journalist Aneri Pattani tackles the question nicely, by outlining the advantages - and disadvantages - that a science degree … Continue reading Do you need a science degree to be a science journalist?
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' annual Media Award of Excellence is open for entries. The award "acknowledges the important role the media play in informing decision makers and the public about women’s health ". This year's award is open to print, radio, television or online reports published/broadcast between 1 … Continue reading RANZCOG (ObGyn) media award open for entries