Jul 04

Cancer World awards excellence in reporting on Cancer

The International oncology magazine Cancer World, published by the European School of Oncology, has just announced two initiatives to promote high-quality journalism on such a delicate and complex issue as cancer: up to 12 travel grants to attend a relevant conference in Amsterdam, and four journalism awards.

Theawards will go to «outstanding pieces of journalism published in 2015 and 2016 that are changing the way we think about cancer».

Journalists are invited to submit one or more items of their work – whether in print, online, on radio, video or television – into the following categories:

  • Patient and carer experience
  • Research, science and treatment
  • Policy, services and affordability
  • Prevention


A prize of €1500 is available in each category. The journalist judged the overall winner will also be funded to attend the ECCO Congress in Amsterdam (27-30 January 2017), where he/she will be presented with their award and take part in the Cancer World journalists’ professional development programme.

Applications are now open and can be made online

The closing date for entries for the Cancer World Journalism Award is 31st October 2016.




Cancer World and ESO also invite selected journalists to attennd European Cancer Congress (ECCO2017) will take place in Amsterdam, from 27-30 January 2017, with the theme “From evidence to practice in multidisciplinary cancer care”

«This is an opportunity to meet some of the leading thinkers and clinicians in cancer treatment and care across Europe, to make contacts, hone skills and gather some great story ideas. This is a very practical congress focused on issues of greatest concern to patients and professionals and should be of great help to any journalist interested in reporting on cancer – which remains a challenge for good journalism.

«The congress will address a number of important issues for the future of cancer care in Europe. As a multidisciplinary congress it brings together doctors, nurses, psychologists, patient advocates, policy makers and industry. The main focus will be a critical evaluation of new and recently presented clinical research data, and whether it will change clinical practice. It will look in particular at the evidence from Phase III trials and review clinical benefits and costs. There will be a focus on immunotherapy and personalised medicine, policy issues, evolving health care systems and disparities in cancer care.

The deadline for applying for the travel grants to attend the Amsterdam ECCO Conference is 11 November 2016.

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Apr 19

Fellowships to attend Falling Walls in Berlin (Nov 8 and 9, 2016)

The Falling Walls Foundation has just announced the availability of several fellowships for journalists – that cover travel, accommodation and ticket costs – to attend the Falling Walls Conference, the international conference on future breakthroughs in science and society, that will take place on 8 and 9 November 2016, as usual in Berlin, Germany. 

The fellowships are aimed at journalists and bloggers with at least three years of experience, and who hope to advance their knowledge in the area of sciences.

Further information is available online at http://www.falling-walls.com/fellowships/science-fellowship

The deadline is 31 July 2016.



The Falling Walls Conference was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall and takes place every year on 9 November. On one day, 20 world-class researchers from all disciplines and parts of the world each showcase the breakthroughs they are working on in 15-minute talks. Among the speakers are Nobel laureates, artists, heads of states and governments. The conference attracts an audience from over 80 nations and is covered by the media globally. Learn more at www.falling-walls.com

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Jan 21

The Erice science journalism school is offering 35 fellowships for the 2016 course

The Erice International School of Science Journalism based in Erice, Sicily (Italy) announces 30 fellowships for applicants from European countries (covering travel, accomodation and fee) and 5 fellowships for applicants from non-European countries (covering accomodation and fee, but not travel) to attend the 2016 edition (June 25th – 30th, 2016) focused on “The Fundamental Science: from cutting-edge technologies to the heart of society”.

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The fellowships are aimed at science journalists, science communicators and students in science journalism and communication.

The selection requires:

For science journalists: at least three years of professional experience working/freelancing for general or popular science media;
For science communicators: at least three years of professional experience working in a scientific organization, science museum or science centre or as a freelancer in a position of press officer, curator, editor of (web) publications, organizer of outreach activities or similar;
For students: being a student in a master programme in science journalism or science communication.

The deadline for application is March 10th, 2016.

For more info: https://ericescijc.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/apply-for-a-fellowship-to-attend-the-2016-course-on-fundamental-science/

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Jan 06

Apply for the 2016 Metcalf Workshop for Journalists on Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting at University of Rhode Island in Narragansett has opened the call for ten fellowships to attend the 18th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems. The workshop will be held from June 5 to 10, 2016.

Tten early- to mid-career journalists will be selected for the fellowship, which includes tuition, travel support, room and board.

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The workshop gives journalists opportunities to explore and understand the effects of human activities on coastal ecosystems. The 2016 Metcalf Fellows will:

  • Gain skills and confidence to translate scientific publications for public audiences;
  • Develop a greater familiarity with research methods and basic statistics;
  • Explore the development and use of sea level rise models for projecting impacts and responses;
  • Measure emerging aquatic contaminants, potentially harmful chemicals not currently monitored or regulated;
  • Conduct a fisheries survey aboard the URI research vessel;
  • Discuss the relationships between climate change and extreme weather;
  • Enjoy off-deadline interactions with scientists and cultivate contacts for future reporting.


The deadline to apply is February 5, 2016.

See the website of the Metcalfe Institute for info about eligibility and to apply.


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Dec 03

AACR launches the June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism

June L. Biedler, PhD

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The American Association for Cancer Research is accepting applications for the newly launched Prize for Cancer Journalism «named in honor of June L. Biedler, PhD, a visionary cancer scientist and mentor who was dedicated to furthering science and health care communications. […] to raise awareness of the critical role that the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research. The AACR Biedler Prize has been established to showcase outstanding examples of cancer journalism, and to recognize individual professional journalists who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories.

«The Prize will provide an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and travel expenses to the AACR Annual Meeting, April 16-20, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana to receive the Prize.

«The AACR Biedler Prize is open to print, broadcast, and online professional journalists whose stories appear in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio that target a lay public audience. There is no entry fee. Trade publications are not eligible.»

Deadline for Submission is January 11, 2016, Cash Prize is $5,000 (for each of six categories)


The judging panel will evaluate each entry on the following criteria:

  • Outstanding ability to educate the public about cancer, cancer research, or policy;
  • Effective and accurate translation of cancer science;
  • Significance and timeliness of the subject;
  • Creativity and novelty of the reporting; and,
  • Clarity, precision, and elegance of the language used.
  • Selection of the winners will be based on the candidate’s accomplishments with no regard given to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.

For more information or to submit a story to be considered for the AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism, go to http://www.AACR.org/biedlerprize.

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Nov 19

Appy for a Nieman fellowship at Harvard

Schermata 2015-11-19 alle 22.07.39Approximately 24 journalists from around the world will be selected to spend the 2016-2017 academic year at Harvard University, where they will audit classes with some of the university’s greatest thinkers, participate in Nieman programming and collaborate with peers.

During their time at Harvard, Nieman Fellows attend seminars, shop talks, master classes and journalism conferences designed to strengthen their professional skills and leadership capabilities. With the knowledge they gain on campus and the relationships they build, fellows often return to work as journalism entrepreneurs, industry innovators and top managers in their newsrooms.

International journalists: Dec. 1, 2015
U.S. journalists (U.S. citizens): Jan. 31, 2016

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit http://nieman.harvard.edu/fellowships/.

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Nov 02

Apply for a EGU fellowship to cover geosciences (up to 5k euro)

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is inviting proposals from professional, active journalists to report on ongoing research within the Earth, planetary and space sciences.Schermata 2015-11-02 alle 17.00.29

Competitive proposals will (1) focus on a topic in the geosciences (including planetary and space sciences) with potential broad public appeal, (2) preferably feature leading Europe-based researchers, and (3) outline an original, well-informed approach to the subject.

The EGU may award a single or multiple fellowships, with a total of up to €5000 allocated between the selected candidates to cover expenses related to their proposals. Winner(s) will receive part of the award in advance and part upon successful completion of their project(s). If required, they will also receive assistance in liaising with scientists.

We strongly encourage applicants to submit proposals to report on new and exciting research areas that the wider public may be less familiar with. In addition, the judges may favour applications with smaller budgets, which allow more than one proposal to be awarded.

The full announcement, including information on how to apply, is available on the EGU website, with details about last year’s winning proposals is available online

The deadline for application is December 6th, 2015

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Sep 24

Science journalists as “backup peer-reviewers” of science? Dessibourg’s analysis on “Le Temps”

Olivier Dessibourg analyses on “Le Temps”  four cases (three very recent and one in 2014) that gave science journalists a “new role”: to do an in-depth post-publication “peer-review” in situations in which the “official” peer-reviewers didn’t completely fulfill their role.

Schermata 2015-09-24 alle 07.07.13Pour faire connaître leurs dernières découvertes, certains chercheurs n’hésitent pas à court-circuiter le système de révision par les pairs (le «peer-review») en sollicitant d’abord les médias. Une façon d’inverser le processus habituel de validation qui leur permet de gagner immédiatement en notoriété. Sans filet et dans l’urgence, les journalistes sont ainsi de appelés de plus en plus à jouer le rôle de «peer-reviewers»

«L’être humain a un nouveau cousin: Homo naledi». «Première spermatogénèse in vitro » «Premier test validé cliniquement, qui identifie les femmes à risque de développer une thrombose sous contraception orale». «Première preuve directe de l’inflation cosmique après le Big Bang».

Qu’ont en commun ces quatre nouvelles, qui ont récemment fait autant de gros titres dans la presse? Elles ont suscité un emballement médiatique avant que, quelques temps plus tard, une analyse détaillée n’en révèle des aspects plus discutables voire critiquables. Le nouvel hominidé, d’abord, ne pouvait être daté et sa parenté avec Homo sapiens s’est avérée loin d’être évidente, si bien que les conclusions de cette enquête archéologique ont été remises en question. La méthode pour fabriquer les spermatozoïdes en éprouvette, elle, n’a pas encore été publiée dans une revue scientifique, faisant douter certains experts. Idem pour le test génétique des thromboses, dont les données restent pour l’heure propriété de la start-up qui l’a développé. Schermata 2015-09-24 alle 07.11.48Pareil enfin pour l’histoire de la signature du Big Bang, où la publication des résultats restait pendante.

Dans chacune de ces quatre situations pourtant, les scientifiques ont sollicité les médias, parfois massivement. Pour quelles raisons?

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Sep 22

Apply for a press trip to learn more on Europe’s Digital Agenda

The European Journalism Centre, in cooperation with DG for Communications Networks, Content & Technology of the European Commission, invites 20 journalists from across Europe to attend a three-day seminar at the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon. The aim of the press trip is to help those attending to get close to the policies and technologies contributing to competitiveness and growth of the EU.

TSchermata 2015-09-22 alle 17.05.55his year’s ICT 2015, the largest and most important ICT event in the EU agenda since 1998, is being organised by the European Commission and Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia and will take place from 20-22 October 2015 in Lisbon. The event aims to bring together over 4500 ICT stakeholders representing research, politics, industry, start-ups, investors, and academia.

The three-day programme consists of a policy conference, an interactive exhibition and vast networking activities and opportunities.

The programme will include plenary speeches by EU Commissioners for Digital Society and Economy, Guenther Oettinger and Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. Additionally, the trip will include a guided visit to the large exhibition of EU funded projects and opportunities for interviews and fireside chats with a number of experts in the fields of science, academia and research as well as individual companies that started, have grown and benefited from the European funding.

The press trip will take place from 20 to 22 October 2015, with arrival in Lisbon on 19 October and departure on 22 October in the late afternoon.

Please note that the organisers will cover travel and accommodation during the three-day visit.

For more information, and for the instructions on how to apply, please please visit the website of the European Journalism Centre.

We have asked about the deadline for applications, and will update this announcement when we learn more.

UPDATE ABOUT THE DEADLINE: the organisers invite to apply «asap and no later than 10 October».

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Sep 22

Cancer World Journalist Grants available to explore cancer in depth

Schermata 2015-09-22 alle 12.14.40The call for the 2015 Cancer World Journalist Grant – created by the European School of Oncology  to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer – is open: print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer.

The preference will go to “projects that explore systemic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients and that provide comprehensive coverage on the topic rather than short spot-reports from the field”.

The amount of grant awarded will depend on the specific proposal. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to 2,500 Euro, half to be paid in advance and the remainder on submission of the principal material for publication or broadcast.

Recipients of the grant will be required to complete their project within an agreed time-frame and submit their articles, radio reports or videos for publication in Cancer World magazine and on the Cancer World website. Cancer World magazine will give grant recipients the right to reproduce articles/videos through other media channels. Grant recipients must use their grants within 6 months of receiving confirmation that their application has been successful.

The criteria for selection will be:

1. Strength of the proposed topic;

2. The quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated in their work samples;

3. Evidence that the applicant can tackle complex, analytical stories;

4. Applicant’s track record on covering cancer stories.

The deadline for grant applications is the 16th October 2015 and successful applicants will be informed by end-November 2015.


All the details, and the link to the online application formulary are available on the website of “Cancer World”.

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