Archive for the ‘Journalism’ Category

The University of the West of England are running an interesting science writing competition and asked a bunch of writers for their tips for potential entrants. Here are mine. When you’re really into a topic, it’s easy to think that everyone else will be and it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few […]


  I work for a funny little magazine. It’s online only, and published by a non-profit charitable foundation. Moreover, it purposefully gives all its content away for anyone to republish, for free – we care not whether someone reads it on our website or not, just that they read and engage with it at all, […]


Every year for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize (now in its third year) we run a series of blog posts with our partners at the Guardian, offering advice on science writing from those of us lucky enough to be doing it as a day job. This year I’ve had the pleasure of running the […]


Last week I went to The Guardian to hear its Editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger read his 2010 Hugh Cudlipp lecture, which he delivered earlier this year (you can read the whole thing here), and take part in an audience discussion. The topic was the future of journalism and whether ‘journalism’ even exists anymore. Top billing was the free […]


Last week I attended an evening seminar on health journalism organised by the Patient Information Forum and held at the Trust. Jo Brodie’s written a decent summary of the proceedings on her blog. The presentations were interesting, though largely of a familiar ilk: both press officers and journalists are partially at fault, fitting responsible health […]


What makes news news? You’d have thought this was fairly simple, but two projects have had me wondering what makes proper news these days. Wellcome News, the Trust’s main magazine, is published quarterly and every few months I’m tasked with writing the copy. Because of the nature of print deadlines (usually a couple of months […]


I was just catching up on Nature’s blog coverage of the ‘mobile phones prevent Alzheimer’s disease‘ story, when this paragraph leapt out at me: In the study – which was originally released in September last year but has only just been press released – researchers exposed mice genetically modified to develop Alzheimer’s and un-modified mice […]