Do you want to put science in the headlines?

If you do then the British Science AssociationMedia Fellowshipsare for you.

Experience first-hand how science is reported by spending 3-6 weeks on a summer placement with a press, broadcast or online journalist such as the Guardian, The Times or BBC.
You will work with them to produce well informed, newsworthy pieces about developments in science.
Come away better equipped to communicate your research to the media, public and your colleagues.
You will develop communication skills that could help you produce concise and engaging articles and funding applications.
For details about the scheme, including eligibility and online application form, visit our webpage.
Application deadline: 16 March 2014

Vacancy at Royal Society – Press Officer

**The deadline for this post is passed, but this may help you identify employers, job titles or skills you need to research your next posting**

‘Whether it is meeting energy needs , GM crops or the UK’s science budget, this role will involve presenting the views of the Society on the major, high profile policy issues in science. You will also be involved in promoting the latest scientific breakthroughs and some of the UKs best young scientists. The ideal individual will have a demonstrable interest in science, engineering and technology, an understanding of the major policy issues, a first class track record in a busy press office or newsroom and a good knowledge of social media.’.

Sounds good?  Don’t forget to check out other vacancies, either at the Royal Society itself, or by browsing further through JobOnline.

Science News Reporting Internship

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The Researcher Development Programme at King’s and Progress Educational Trust (PET) are pleased to provide an opportunity for Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Law research students interested in science communication and legal/ethical issues arising from scientific developments to gain practical news writing experience under expert supervision through a BioNews internship. PET is a small UK charity (number 1011897) that provides information and facilitates debate on developments in human genetics, assisted conception and embryo /stem cell research and the ethical, legal and social issues they raise.

BioNews is a highly respected web- and email-based source of news, information and comment on assisted conception, human genetics and embryo and stem cell research, published weekly by PET since 1999. A completely free service, BioNews aims to keep readers up to date with developments and provide them with a range of engaging opinion on ethical and policy issues. The weekly BioNews email, published every Monday, is read by around 13,000.
Structure of Internships

The internship will last for a total of five days, spread over a nine-week period. Only one internship is available at this time, this is the second one this academic year and there will be one further opportunity later in 2010. The successful candidate is welcome to work at the PET office at 140 Gray’s Inn Road, WC1X 8AX, but after the initial induction period of one full day the work can be done remotely if preferred. This is to enable the internship to fit flexibly around existing commitments. Following the initial training, which will be carried out by the BioNews Editors, the intern will be expected each subsequent week to research and write a draft BioNews story for editing by BioNews staff before publication. This will take the intern approximately half a day, so this period of the internship will last for four days, spread over eight weeks, during which time feedback will be given on each story by one of the Editors.

By the end of the internship the student will have acquired the following experience/skills:

  • Critical reading and evaluation of media coverage of genetics, stem cell and assisted reproduction, science and related ethical, legal and policy issues
  • Researching stories and checking accuracy by referring to press releases, original research papers, policy documents and reports.
  • Summarising this information and prioritising key points
  • How to write an effective news story
  • Writing for a non-specialist audience, avoiding scientific jargon
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Writing copy to a weekly deadline
  • An understanding of the conflicting values of scientists and journalists, and the pressures faced by both in relation to science news coverage

The interns will be supervised by BioNews Editors: Dr Vivienne Raper, Chris Chatterton and  Antony Blackburn-Starza

Dr Vivienne Raper

Dr Vivienne Raper is Science Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust. She is also a freelance journalist specialising in health and science, and has written for publications including How It Works, the Financial Times, the Nursing Times, Science, Biologist, Ethical Living, Cambridge Alumni Magazine, the East London Advertiser, the South London Press, Southwark News, and various other local newspapers and specialist biotechnology, health and pharmaceutical publications.

Vivienne is also a freelance copywriter, and has written brochure and press pack material for organisations including the UK Government’s Department of Health, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Johnson and Johnson, and the Healthcare Commission (now subsumed into the Care Quality Commission). Previously, she worked at the PR agency De Facto Communications, and she interned at the thinktank Newton’s Apple. She has a PhD in imaging and informatics from the University of Bristol and a Certificate in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. She blogs at Outdoor Science.

Chris Chatterton

Chris Chatterton is Genetics Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust. He is also studying for a PhD at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. His research, conducted under the auspices of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, concerns the social and ethical issues surrounding new medical conditions.

Previously, Chris spent several years working as a research scientist at University College London’s Institute of Child Health, at Imperial College London’s Faculty of Medicine, and at St Mary’s Hospital. In these posts, he worked on a number of projects examining genetic susceptibility to disease, including research on metabolic conditions, infectious diseases, asthma and allergy. He has a undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from King’s College London, a postgraduate degree in Genetics, Culture and Society from Lancaster University, and a postgraduate degree in Taxonomy and Biodiversity which he obtained while studying at the Natural History Museum. The latter gave him the opportunity to study insects preserved in amber, but unfortunately he was not allowed to look for dinosaur DNA.

Antony Blackburn-Starza

Antony Blackburn-Starza is Legal Editor at BioNews and at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust.

He studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, went on to acquire an MA in Medical Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, and completed the Bar Vocational Course at City University Law School. He is particularly interested in medical ethics, patents and socio-legal approaches to new medical technologies. He teaches law part-time at the University of Kent.

Research students interested in applying should send a one-page letter to by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 17 December 2010.
The course will start on Thursday 6 January.

Media Careers

Introducing Careers in the Media
10 – 11 November 2009

In an industry where contacts are so important, this two day course gives you the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals and seek advice from those who have made it in this competitive field. The event introduces you to careers in Television, Radio, Film, Journalism and Publishing.

Speakers/sessions include:

  • A representative from the Society of Young Publishers
  • A Freelance film producer
  • A Freelance Comedy writer
  • A representative from PMA Media Training – first class training for journalists
  • A session on Employability: What does a Media CV look like? – University of the Arts
  • A Producer/Director in TV production
  • A Media Top Tips Forum including
  • a freelance writer
  • a screenwriter with The Agency
  • a speaker working in film writing/casting/production
  • a representative from City University’s Postgraduate Journalism programme
  • A Getting a Job session hosted by PMA Training
  • A representative from Penguin
  • A Multimedia journalist
  • The Recruitment Manager from The Daily Telegraph


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Attendees on last years course said:

“I found the course extremely useful as it has made getting a career in the media seem attainable for the first time. The speakers were all totally well-informed, high up in their fields and I feel that all areas of the media were very well represented.”

“Very good for networking and job knowledge/ideas with particular career routes.”

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