[CLOSED] BioNews, Interns, ??0, closed 11 April 2012


'I am really pleased to see the positive response from students and the impact the internship 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 scheme with??University College London??(UCL),??King's College London??(KCL)??andQueen Mary University of London??(QMUL)??whereby??Life Sciences,??Biomedical Sciences??and??Law??postgraduates can gain practical news writing experience under expert supervision through??BioNews??Internships. The next deadline for internship applications is by 5pm??Wednesday 11 April 2012.

Under the auspices of this scheme, the??editors??at??BioNews??select two??UCL graduate students and one??KCL??and one??QMUL graduate student per term, and train each student in the art of science writing. The internships are of particular relevance to students interested in science communication and legal, ethical and policy issues arising from developments in biomedicine. All??BioNews??interns to date have completed the course, and provided positive feedback on it.

The internships last 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 internship, 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??

If you are a graduate studying at??UCL??or??KCL??and would like to apply for the next available internship, please see the??Skills Development Programme section of the UCL Graduate School website??or the??R ?? http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/school/training/Newandotheropportunities/BioNew…
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