Review by the webinar organiser, Sofya Gorelova.
On 19 March, the YSS hosted our first ever webinar, with over 50 participants! The event was a very popular one and generated really positive feedback.
The goal of the event was to complement the current YSS / Significance 2015 Young Statisticians Writing Competition by bringing together some great speakers who would share their experiences and advice on science journalism, as well as providing a forum for anyone to ask questions related to the competition.
Our first speaker was Brian Tarran, the editor of Significance Magazine, who delivered a great introductory presentation covering the details of the competition and how to get involved. Jonathan Auerbach followed up with an entertaining talk describing how he went about writing last year’s winning competition entry, “Does New York City really have as many rats as people?”. Robert Matthews then rounded off the trio of talks with some great journalism tips based on his many years of experience as a successful science writer.
(You can browse through the slides for the talks here.)
The second part of the event was a live Q&A session where participants could question the presenters over the phone or via the webinar chat facility. A large number of varied and interesting questions came in, and were superbly fielded by all the speakers.
We’ve already collated lots of useful feedback from the session which will help us continue delivering exciting webinars in the future! If you’d like to submit any comments or have any questions, please drop an email to Sofya Gorelova at the address shown below:
Don’t forget to sign up for our next free webinar on Thursday 23 April: “Visualising data: A statistician’s journey”. Full details are available here.