Croatia’s science writers join the World Federation of Science Journalists

Croatia’s new association of science writers has joined the World Federation of Science Journalists, WFSJ, becoming its 59th full member.

The WFSJ is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, representing science journalists’ associations globally. The Federation encourages strong, critical coverage of issues in science and technology, environment, health and medicine, agriculture and related fields.

Science journalists in Croatia established a new association of science writers in Zagreb, Croatia, last November.

The group is hosted as an official branch of Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND).

The group elected its president, Ivan Fischer, an editor at Jutarnji List newspaper, and deputy, Maja Vadic, journalist at Croatia’s public TV (HTV). The group hopes to help support new and existing science writers, and link up with their international colleagues.

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First science journalists from the Balkans, App-only news outlet among 2018 EurekAlert! Fellows

For the first time, journalists from the Balkans and a WeChat-only news outlet have been awarded the 2018 EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters, says EurekAlert!’s press release.

The journalism fellowship program, now in its 14th year, funds early-career science reporters from emerging economies to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting. The 2018 meeting, themed “Advancing Science Discovery to Application,” will be held in Austin, TX Feb. 15-19.

The 2018 Fellows are:

Mićo Tatalović, Chair of the Association of British Science Writers and a judge of the 2018 EurekAlert! Fellowships, emphasized the importance of expanding the program to the Balkans.

“The Balkan region, and eastern Europe more generally, have been largely left out of the global conversations on science and the media, partly due to language barriers and economic isolations of the regions – and in some cases, war,” said Tatalović, a former editor of New Scientist who also serves on the board of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists.

“There are few, if any opportunities, for young science writers in the Balkan region to make their first steps and get first paid assignments, so this fellowship comes as a fresh breath of air and a rare opportunity to travel, work with international colleagues, and learn from experienced editors how to do quality reporting about the latest science advancements.”

Julianna Photopoulos, the first EurekAlert! Fellow from the Balkans, is a freelance journalist based in Greece. Her writing has appeared in BBC Earth, New Scientist, and Chemistry World.

“The EurekAlert! fellowship will allow me to grow both personally and professionally,” Photopoulous said. “It is a unique opportunity to join conversations on crucial issues in science, explore and learn about the latest scientific advancements, and build relationships with scientists and fellow journalists from all over the world.”

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Croatia gets its new science writers association

Science journalists in Croatia have established a new association of science writers today in Zagreb, Croatia.

The group is hosted as an official branch of Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND).

The group elected its president, Ivan Fischer, an editor at Jutarnji List newspaper, and deputy, Maja Vadic, journalist at Croatia’s public TV (HTV).

Founding of the Croatian science writers association

The group hopes to help support new and existing science writers, and link up with their international colleagues.

It comes following many years of inaction by the existing association of science journalists, and after recent political pressure on science journalists.

The branch was founded by Ivo Lučić (Hina), Radoslav Dejanović (Monitor), Miroslav Ambruš-Kiš (freelance journalist), Ivana Kalogjera Brkić (freelance journalist), Dora Kršul (srednja.hr), Ružica Matić (100posto.hr), Nenad Jarić Dauenhauer (indeks.hr), Vedrana Simičević (Novi list) and as an external member of Saša Ceci (HRT).

The branch will gather at the beginning of next year and define the work program. And all other HND members who are in the media following science topics can join in its work.

The founding of the Croatian Journalists’ Association was also the HND Secretary-General Vladimir Lulić, who congratulated his colleagues and colleagues on the initiative.

The professional branches of the HND are set up to enhance the professional work of journalists and are a special interest of journalists within the HND. The president of a branch is also a member of the Central Committee and the HND Assembly, where there are already branches for sports, health, research, environment, tourism, automotive, agrarian, IT and satirical journalists. The assembly of the photojournalist who has been working outside the HND framework for a number of years is now in the process of restoring its work.

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Science journalism workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize winner on 27-29 November

Three days of events dedicated to science communication, specifically, science journalism skills, are taking place in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana this November, 27-29th.

The workshops will be in English and take place at the Museum of recent history (Cekinov grad), Celovška cesta 23, Ljubljana and at the Creative Center Poligon, Tobačna 5, Ljubljana.

They are organised by the Public Agency for Research in the Republic of Slovenia (ARRS) in cooperation with the US Embassy in Slovenia. See below for more information from their site:

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Alpine bid – with a Balkan flavour – chosen to host the next World Conference of Science Journalists

The city of Lausanne was chosen to host the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists, which will have two programmes designed specifically for science journalists in the Balkans.

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The conference will be held from 1 to 5 July 2019 at the SwissTech Convention Center on the campus of the Swiss Federal Polytechnic Institute (EPFL) and the University of Lausanne (UNIL).

It will be co-organised by the Swiss, French and Italian Associations of Science Journalism (ASJS, AJSPI and SWIM), and between 1,000 and 1,200 participants are expected to attend.

“Longer-term projects, which will be launched before WCSJ 2019, will build closer links between communities of science writers around the world, one focusing on French-speaking science journalists, another on science writers in the Balkans,” said Fabio Turone, president of SWIM.

The two programmes specific to Balkans, carried out in partnership with the Balkan Network of Science Journalists are: the Balkan School of Science Journalism and of Balkan Science Journalism Fellowships. Read more on each of these proposals below:

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Apply now for an early-career Balkan science reporting fellowship: deadline is 15 November 2017

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The fellowship allows you to cover the latest research and network with peers from around the world at the AAAS Annual Meeting – one the main and biggest meetings of scientists and science journalists.

It includes a free trip to AAAS conference in Texas, US, on 15-19 February 2018.

The fellowship is for journalists – freelance or staff – with less than five years of professional experience.

Apply now: https://fellows.eurekalert.org

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The EurekAlert! Fellowships for International Science Reporters support excellence in science communication globally, with a focus on developing regions and emerging economies.

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Serbian journalist elected vice-president of the governing board of the World Federation of Science Journalists

Milica WCSJ 2017Milica Momcilovic, a board member of the Balkan Network of Science Journalists, has been elected to the position of the vice-president of the board of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

The new president of the board is Mohammed Yahia, a Nature editor from Egypt, who has taken over from the US-based Curtis Brainard.

The new appointments have been decided and announced at the World Conference of Science Journalists 2017 in San Francisco, US, this week (26-30 October 2017).

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