Ms. Connie St Louis is the lady who got Sir Tim Hunt the sack for allegedly making “sexist” remarks to a number of female scientists. Many have gone onto challenge her on the basis of Hunt was being self deprecating and more importantly Ms St Louis’ CV appears to be a little exaggerated.
Here is your chance to look at the raw data, first is her LinkedIn Profile.
Director of MA in Science Journalism City University London
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September 2001 – Present (13 years 10 months)
March 2012 – Present (3 years 4 months)UK
2005 – Present (10 years)
2005 – Present (10 years)
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Name: Connie St Louis
Recent Employment History
December 2001 to present
I was appointed Senior Lecturer to the Department of Journalism July 2010.I was appointed as Programme Director of the MA in Science Journalism in August 2008 after previously being employed as a member of the faculty, teaching on both the international and magazine journalism courses.
I joined City University in July 2003 and worked as a visiting part time lecturer in the Graduate School of Journalism. I taught a0 course entitled Journalism and Society to undergraduate journalism students. I have designed and developed a module entitled Health and Science Journalism for both undergraduates and postgraduate students. I co-taught the print journalism course Writing and
Reporting for the MA in International Journalism. I also teach broadcast journalism to the radio pathway students on the MA international journalism course; this includes voice training, ‘as live’ studio days, feature making, editing, interviewing skills and writing for radio. I supervise a number of MA theses for both print and radio students. The aim of all these courses is to provide an education in journalism and proficiency in journalistic
I planned, organised and conducted an oral history pilot study for the Foundling Museum which involved researching, visiting, videoing, recording and carrying out extensive interviews with the Foundlings. The interviews were then edited to produce full archive oral histories which were then transcribed. A short film and ten minute edited audio ‘sound bite’ were also produced. During the course of the pilot I found interviewing the Foundlings both fascinating and poignant. As they narrated their stories, the cultural significance, historical importance and
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social engagement of the material became apparent. At the end of each interview each Foundling’s pride, emotional exhaustion and relief at having told their story was underscored by a sense of the precarious nature of their history which will be lost when they die. On the strength of these pilot
interviews and my consultancy experience the Museum was awarded a £350,000 grant to continue the project.
I presented and produced a Radio 4 science documentary on pharmacogenetics which was transmitted Sept 2008and repeated last year. This programme was received successful reviews within and outside the BBC as well as an excellent audience approval rating.
I am a regular contributor to ABC News Worldview TV programme.
I presented a landmark series on the Black Middle Classes for Radio 4, which was transmitted in January 2006. These programmes have been heralding as both ground breaking and as ‘an extraordinary contribution’ by the community, academics and the general public and were nominated for a Sony radio award by the then controller of Radio 4.
In May 2005 I was awarded a prestigious Joseph Rowntree Foundation Journalist Fellowship Award to write a series of articles entitled “Raising Ham” how to raise a black son.”
In November 2002 I was invited and subsequently appointed by the Minister responsible for media, sport and culture to be a Board Member of UK Sport (the former UK Sports Council). I was asked to chair and lead the work on drug-free sport in the UK and to chair the communications panel. I was also a member of the audit committee. My term of office ended last year but I continue to serve on the
audit committee as an external member.
I have continued to work for the BBC but as a freelancer presenter and broadcaster, for a wide range of programmes across a variety of BBC radio platforms. Programmes include, Life before birth, Life as an Infant, and Life as a Child, Life as a Teenager, Life as an Adult, Life in the Middle Age, Life in Old age, Life’s End, Pick of the Week, Raising Ham 1 & 2, Sick of Moving, The Learning Curve, Woman’s Hour (features and interviews and drama), ‘Check up’ and Case Notes for Radio 4. World Service output includes The History of World Medicine, Fit for Life, and Health Matters. Columnist on Radio 4’s Home Truths. I was also the presenter of Health Matters Magazine for two years. I have produced and presented hundreds of science and health programmes during my career. My freelance journalism has included writing for a number of outlets including the Independent The Guardian and The Sunday Times.
I am often asked to be freelance trainer for BBC courses, such as production skills, writing for radio, core skills and feature making as well as Producer Guidelines compliance training. Also, one of the small team of trainers for the BBC Community Trainee Scheme over the last ten years.
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January 2000 to December 2001
Presenting, reporting, researching and writing a wide range of programmes across a variety of BBC radio platforms. Programmes include Radio 4’s landmark Life as series which won a prestigious Glaxo/ABSW award and included , Life before birth, Life as an Infant, and Life as a Child, Life as a Teenager, Life as an Adult, Life in Middle Age and Life in Old Age: Woman’s Hour (features and interviews) ‘Check up’ and Case notes for Radio 4. World Service output included The History of World Medicine, Fit for Life, and Health Matters.
January 1998 to June 2000
Special Assistant Editorial Policy & Compliance, I played a major role in responding to, two serious compliance breeches in the BBC. As a result of this I have learnt to analyze, prepare and develop large scale projects to respond to the particular compliance training issues that have arisen. At the end of the series of guideline awareness training workshops, that I organized and co-authored, the evaluation feedback was excellent.
May 1994 to Jan 1998
Executive Producer in the Documentary Features Unit of Topical Features As a executive producer in documentary features, I was required to lead, edit and manage both large and small teams of production staff in order to keep major strands on air whilst maintaining quality and keeping within ever increasing financial restraints. A career highlight was been invited to produce the 1997 Reith
Lectures with Patricia Williams on race. The impact of this project was to cement and underpin my experience as a journalist. This enabled me to deal with many difficult and sensitive issues against a background of intense press scrutiny, which required careful and tactful negotiations.
August 1991 to May 1994
Producer and Senior Producer, BBC Radio Science Unit, Editor, Arts, Science and Features Radio
I was part of a team producing a range of output including Science and Medicine. My first major strand that I managed was called Eureka! And I successfully coerced Bill Gates C.E.O. Microsoft obtaining his first British interview to launch the series. I also went on to develop and edit Radio 4’s first black and Asian magazine programme ‘In Living Colour’. I have produced a range of science programmes that have targeted different platforms and audiences, who range from children and
young people to leading thinkers and policy makers.
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August 1990 to August 1991
I joined the BBC on its highly competitive and prestigious 2 year trainee Network radio reporter/producer, scheme. Courses including, core skills, production skills, then a series of attachment in a wide range of radio and bi-media departments. I was offered a post in the science unit after my first year as a trainee.
Qualification and training
B.Sc. (Hons) Upper Second Class degree in Applied Biology, NERC Research Assistant at Westfield College University of London working on project called “The population of Marine Diatom in continuous culture and natural Populations. Not completed because the time period lapsed because of intensive breast cancer treatment spanning this time.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (since 2000) and a Member of Royal Institution (2009) the Association of British Science Writers (since 1990) and The Radio Academy ((since 1990).
Whilst I was a producer in Science Unit -I attended a number of training courses, drama (2 weeks), TV Production (3 weeks), plus shorter computing, management, leadership, team building and finance courses.
London Business School:-Selected for highly competitive management and executive six week programme sponsored by the BBC and LBS
Research and knowledge transfer
Attraction of financial support from Research Councils and other external bodies
I was part of a successful joint research bid with Newcastle University, Cardiff University, Sunderland University, Sheffield University and University of the West of England to the ESRC to produce a Research Seminar Series entitled ‘Expanding Diversity in the News Industry – Towards Solutions’. City University Seminars was held in January 2011 and was called ‘The barriers to retention ’. I
will be presenting research I have been conducting as well as convening the meeting. This will held in conjunction with the interdisciplinary research Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism.
Conference presentations (national and international)
Involvement in research that has not yet yielded a publication or report
I was awarded in December 2010 the City University interdisciplinary Research Prize for £10,000 of research with two other colleagues on Twitter and Health. I had a paper accepted in ACM journal on “Swine Flu and Twitter: What were the important health web resources that were popular on Twitter at the height of the pandemic?”
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I was invited to Science Online Conference 2010 North Carolina, USA to deliver a paper entitled ‘Can science journalists trust scientists’
I was invited to give a lecture to 300 law students at Columbia Law School on Law, Media and Genetics and ran a subsequent workshop with 50 of them (Jan 2010). This was on the representation of genetics in the media the lecture was extremely well received and feedback from the students in the workshop was excellent.
I organised a research symposium on the Impact of Libel Law in Journalism (with particular reference to science journalism) with the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism in November 2010.It was chaired by Lord Lester QC and involve a target audience of 150 people and the list of invited speaker will range from MP’s, lawyers, campaigners and . A collection of the papers is due to published shortly, in a special edition of the British Journalism Review.
Policy advice based on research
Since 2008 I have been an expert member of the Council of Europe’s Diversity Panel, alongside delegates from France Serbia , Germany and Hungary to name a few. I have travelled to Budapest and Portugal this year to give evidence and advice on how to set up an anti racism campaign for the Council of Europe and the EU and have also consulted on the development of a website and training
materials for all European journalists.
External and professional contribution
Membership of and participation in government or international advisory groups
Gave expert evidence to the government’s Science and the Media Review when and I am actively involved in delivering some of the outcomes in the areas of training.
Engagement with Industry as an advisor
Gave expert evidence to the government’s Science and the Media Review in the first six months of 2010, This involved preparing briefing documents in conjunction with the governments BIS department and attending monthly half-day meeting. I am actively involved in delivering some of the outcomes in the areas of training of national science journalists.
I am expert member of the Council of Europe’s Diversity Panel.
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I am a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the UK’s Association of Journalism Education. I recently acted as a reviewer of 10 academic papers that were submitted to the World Journalism Educators Conference in July 2010. was President of the Association of British Science Writers and was a board member of EUSJA until the UK ABSW left EUSJA. I am now of the European group who are setting up the European Federation of Science Journalists (EFSJ). I’ve been a member of the organising committee for the UK biannual
conference committee and I organised a plenary on multi platform working and chairing a session on peer review journalism in July 2010, 2012 and 2014. I am a Member of RSA and Radio Academy.
I acted as a judge for ABSW Awards in July 2010,2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014