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Science journalists aim to explain science in a way that the public can understand. They work in popular print, broadcasting and online media. Here are some examples of where you can find the latest UK science news. We have also provided information about organisations that specialise in science journalism.

Science in the news

BBC news - science and environment
Provides up-to-date news, video, audio and feature stories on all aspects of science from a UK perspective.

cubed
Our monthly webzine covering the latest innovations in fashion and music, design and digital, film and life. It keeps you up-to-date with the science that’s shaping society and bringing a new dimension to everyday life.

Focus
A monthly online magazine developed by the BBC. It reports on the latest science and technology news.

First Science
A popular online science magazine featuring articles on important scientific breakthroughs, the latest news, video clips, blogs and other forms of science content.

Guardian Unlimited Science website
This website provides the latest science news and information from around the world, analysis and commentary from the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers.

European Science News
European RTD Insight brings you the latest science news from around Europe. You can subscribe here.

New Scientist
One of the most popular science magazines in the UK. It features the latest science news, special reports and job vacancies. It can also be accessed online.

The Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)
Aims to provide reliable information about science and technology for the developing world. It helps individuals and organisations in developing countries make informed decisions about how science and technology can improve economic and social development.

Sky at night
Based on the popular television series, the magazine features contributions from world-leading astronomers and writers and covers the latest discoveries in astrophysics. It is aimed at both experienced and amateur astronomers.

The Royal Society's science news section
Provides a daily summary of the latest science news stories. It also issues press releases and statements in response to topical science issues.

Organisations

There are several organisations in the UK that specialise in science journalism:

AlphaGalileo
An online press centre for European research in the arts, humanities, science, medicine, health and technology. It provides instant access to news releases, event details, book announcements, background information, broadcast material and a database of experts. Journalists registered with AlphaGalileo have access to embargoed information and benefit from an advanced e-mail alert service that allows to specify needs regarding research areas of interest, type of content, languages spoken and dispatch time.

Science Media Centre
Based at the Royal Institution, the Science Media Centre provides journalists with useful resources when science is in the news, such as accurate information, a scientist to interview or a feature article.

The Association of British Science Writers
For science journalists who work in popular print, broadcasting and other media, as well as students who have an interest in science journalism. It aims to assist those who write about science and technology, and to improve the standard of science journalism in the UK.

The International Science Writers Association
An international association for science journalists which works to obtain improved science media facilities, to get recognition of members, and to maintain and improve standards of science writing generally.

The UK science, technology, engineering and medicine public relations association.
Membership of STEMPRA is open to individuals working in, or on behalf of, an organisation where 'scientific' public relations, media relations, or communication forms some or all of their job. is an informal network set up to bring together people working in science communication

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