Taking science journalism education online. 



MAY 5, 2018

For the second edition of The SJE Summit, our goal is to  broaden those involved in the conversation about the future of science journalism education in Canada. To do so, we have decided to host our conference online, as opposed to in person. The objective of the virtual summit is to ask: What should next generation learning in science journalism studies encompass?


Audience members will be able to interact with the speakers and submit any research or work they'd like to share with the community, which will be later posted on our Contribution Cloud. We welcome science journalism educators, science journalists, students interested in science journalism, journalism associations, and others interested in the discussion topics.


We are taking submissions from science journalism educators, reporters and students worldwide, that relate to the summit objective. We encourage creative engagement with the topic.


We are accepting abstracts, articles, research, videos, course outlines, data visualizations, photography and more. For a detailed description of what we're looking for and how to submit please consult our submission guide or click on the corresponding button below. 

The submissions will be reviewed.  All relevant submissions will be posted on our website, on the Contribution Cloud page, after SJE 2. 


11 a.m. to noon - Opening Keynote: "Defending Science Journalism’s Unlikely Golden Age"

  • Speakers: Erika Check Hayden (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Thomas Hayden (Stanford University)

  • The duo will discuss what they believe are three key opportunities for science journalism educators and programs to support and enhance the quality and relevance of science journalism in the coming decade.


Noon to 1 p.m. - Panel: Science Journalism and Academia

  • Panel captain: Jean-Marc Fleury (Université Laval)

  • Panelists: Alanna Mitchell (Freelance science journalist, author), Mary Anne Moser (Beakerhead), Javier Cruz-Mena (Mexico’s National University), Ivan Semeniuk (Globe and Mail)

  • What should be involved in science journalism curriculum? What new teaching methods should be used?


1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Closing Keynote: "Storytelling in Science"

  • Speaker: Bob McDonald (CBC)

  • Science has shown us how we are changing the planet, but it also points to realistic solutions.  A scientifically literate society will be able to make wise decisions to ensure the healthy survival of the human species. There are many paths to becoming a science journalist, including non-traditional routes taken by this reporter.


2:00 p.m. - Free Discussion Period 

  • An opportunity for attendees to engage in an open discussion with each other on the online platform. Network online! The session will go on for up to an hour.

Note that in between the events, there will be a short transition period. ​