Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Login
Advanced Search

Search for
BioNews


Print Page Follow BioNews on Twitter BioNews RSS feed

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook



The Fertility Show

Writing
scheme

'I am really pleased to see the positive response from students and the impact the scheme has on their development. Well done for organising such a successful course.' Daniela Bultoc, Skills Development Programme Manager at University College London's Graduate School


The charity that publishes BioNews, the Progress Educational Trust (PET), runs a writing scheme with University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) whereby Life Sciences, Biomedical Sciences and Law postgraduates can gain practical news writing experience under expert supervision.

Under the auspices of this scheme, the editors at BioNews select two UCL graduate students and one QMUL student per term, and train them in the art of news writing. The scheme is of particular relevance to students interested in science communication and legal, ethical and policy issues arising from developments in biomedicine. To date all BioNews interns have completed it, and provided positive feedback.

The course lasts for a total of five days, spread over a nine-week period. After the initial induction period, the intern is expected each subsequent week to research and write a draft BioNews story for editing (if necessary) by BioNews staff before publication. By the end of the course, the students will have acquired the following experience/skills:

  • critical reading and evaluation of media coverage of genetics, assisted conception and embryo/stem cell research, and related ethical, legal and policy issues;

  • an understanding of the contrasting values of scientists and journalists, and the pressures faced by both in relation to science news coverage;

  • 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 specialist jargon;

  • proofreading and editing skills;

  • writing copy to a weekly deadline;

  • using a database-driven content management system to publish news items and manage web links.

Former interns who have gone on to become regular contributors to BioNews include:

If you would like to apply for a place on the next available course, please see the Skills Development Programme section of the UCL Graduate School website (if you are a graduate studying at UCL) or contact Sarah Norcross at (if you are a graduate studying at QMUL).

Published by the Progress Educational Trust
PET CONFERENCE
COMMERCIALISATION OF LIFE


Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's conference 'The Commercialisation of Life', taking place in central London on Tuesday 2 December

London, 2 December
Click HERE for details

FREE EVENT
HOW SHOULD YOUR DNA BE USED IN THE 100,000 GENOMES PROJECT?


'Genetic Conditions: How Should Your DNA Be Used in the 100,000 Genomes Project?', a FREE public event being organised by the Progress Educational Trust in central London on the evening of Thursday 6 November 2014

London, 6 November
Click HERE for details

Good Fundraising Code

Advertise your products and services HERE - click for further details