World Federation of
Science Journalists

Web sites

This section list a few web sites that might be of interest to science journalists.

Materia is providing high-quality science journalism in Spanish free to republish for media in Spain and Latin America  


New Agriculturist - Agfax

New Agriculturist is a unique and highly trusted resource which keeps online readers - scientists, development professionals, policymakers, lecturers, students and the media - abreast of trends, results and innovation in agricultural development, particularly in Africa but also in Asia and Latin America. With over 200,000 readers, New Agriculturist is valued for covering a wide range of stories and issues around agriculture and rural development across the globe. You can subscribe to receive monthly email updates and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Agfax ( is an audio/radio reporting service for Africa (its tagline is Reporting Science in Africa) that focusses on similar topics but targets ordinary radio listeners in Africa, plus online browsers. Both services are free.

Science journalism: mediating the relationship between science and society

Hans Peter Peters
Conference at the Université Laval

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Top ten tips: Reporting on science

The BBC's science correspondent Pallab Ghosh gives students his top 10 tips for reporting on science stories.

Global Trends in Scientific Production

If you are interested in worldwide trends in science, some of the documents produced by Science-Metrix will be of great interest. The latest report, Wall, War & Wealth - 30 Years in Science: Secular Movements in Knowledge Creation describes the rapidly evolving contribution of different regions of the world, like the ex-USSR, the Middle East and Asia, to knowledge creation over the past three decades.

COP15 for journalists: a guide to the UN climate change summit

IIED has just published a four-page briefing paper for journalists about the COP15 climate change summit that will take place in Copenhagen in December.

This briefing covers COP15, its build up and its aftermath. It explains key processes, major actions to be agreed and possible outcomes.

It has been reviewed by three international lawyers who sit on national delegations during UN negotiations.

It covers things like:

  • The future of the Kyoto Protocol – do some countries really want to kill it?
  • Different COP15 outcomes, from no agreement to two legally binding protocols
  • Hot topics and sticking points in the negotiations – forests, fossil fuels and finance.
  • Where developing nations agree – and where they disagree.
  • Different negotiating blocks, and what they stand for.
To download the briefing, visit:


Expertanswer (Expertsvar in Swedish) has been operating since 2000, providing reporters with contacts among experts on the subject at hand.
This mediaservice is created by the universities in Sweden and the KK-foundation, and is run by the Swedish Research Council in collaboration with the other member institutions. Expertanswer is the fastest way between a journalist and a source within the research community. Via Expertanswer you get contact information to researchers within chosen time limits. You can also make a selection of press releases according to your interests.


A World of Science in the Developing World

Custom publication from Nature
The public and policy-makers are increasingly looking to the scientific community to address critical global problems. Finding solutions will require the collective insights and experience of scientists, policy-makers, industry and non-governmental groups. A World of Science in the Developing World reflects the expertise of members and associates of TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world, and coincides with its twenty-fifth anniversary.

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI)

The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) is an intergovernmental organization with 19 member countries in the Americas. The Institute investigates topics concerning global change to provide scientific information to stakeholders and decision makers. Over the past 14 years, the IAI has supported high-quality research while encouraging multinational and multidisciplinary collaboration among scientists investigating global change problems of importance to the region. Its multinational collaborative research projects currently involve over 50 institutions and 200 scientists in the Americas. 



The Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net) aims to provide reliable and authoritative information about science and technology for the developing world.

Their goal is to help both individuals and organisations in developing countries make informed decisions about how science and technology can improve economic and social development.

This is achieved through their free-access website, and by building regional networks of individuals and institutions who share their goals. They also organise regional training workshops in the developing world.

Research and Media Social Network

Mike Shanahan, Press Officer for the International Institute for Environment and Development, has created an experimental on-line Research and Media Social Network intended for journalists, scientists, press officers and others who work with information from research in sectors such as science, health, environment, agriculture, water, energy, development, poverty, and sustainability. He actually set up this site during the World Conference of Science Journalists in Melbourne, where delegates heard repeatedly that networks are needed to provide the triad of journalists, press officers, and scientists with reliable information, better skills, and more contacts. If you'd like to join, contact Shanahan at: or visit the page:

Website for Health Reporters

The Kaiser Family Foundation, with backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, compiled information regarding Diseases: HIV/AIDS Malaria and Tuberculosis. A good starting point to find multiple ressources and reports on those topics

Global Investigative Journalism Network

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is a group of independent journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among journalists in investigative and computer-assisted reporting. Read more about its mission and formation.


EurekAlert! is an online, global news service operated by AAAS, the science society. EurekAlert! provides a central place through which universities, medical centers, journals, government agencies, corporations and other organizations engaged in research can bring their news to the media. EurekAlert! also offers its news and resources to the public. EurekAlert! features news and resources focused on all areas of science, medicine and technology.


AlphaGalileo is a business to business service that is free to the media. News is available under embargo to registered journalists. They provide over 7,000 media users worldwide with the latest science information from top-quality sources. Leading international research organisations use AlphaGalileo to disseminate their news. Media registered with them benefit from:

(i) Access to embargoed news
(ii) Customised email alerts (immediate full text/ daily/weekly summaries; languages; format, region, etc)
(iii) Fully-customised RSS feeds (you select the terms you are interested in)
(iv) Their searchable database of content dating back to 1999
(v) iPhone app to keep you in touch with breaking news at any time day or night
(vi) Support provided by their multilingual team of News Managers