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Science Journalism Training


Presented by Julie Clayton at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

Presented by Julie Clayton at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa,

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  • Training workshops for SciDev.Net – HIV reporting – in Uganda (for journalists from around East Africa), Chennai – India, and Bankok – Thailand – before International AIDS Conference; malaria – Cameroon. Opportunity to see science as a source of new stories, meet scientists, insights into the scientific process, make use of internet resources. Journalists had many diverse needs – ICT training, journalism skills training, science information. But no continuity so limited opportunity to develop skills.


  • 1. Science Journalism Training
    • Julie Clayton
    • Wellcome Trust workshop
    • 2 nd -5 th December 2008, Richards Bay
  • 2. SjCOOP = Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
  • 3. WFSJ’s Goals
    • Improve the quality of
    • science reporting
    • Training and networking for
    • science journalists
  • 4. Peer-to-peer mentoring 60 Mentees 15 Mentors Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany (2), Lebanon, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, UK, US 3 Regional Coordinators Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria
  • 5. Doha, Feb 2008
  • 6.  
  • 7. Online Course
  • 8. Théodore Kouadio, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 9. Abiose Adelaja, Nigeria
  • 10. Alexander Augustine, Nigeria
  • 11. Christophe Mvondo Subject: Water
  • 12. Onche Odeh, Michael Simire, Mabutho Ngcobo and Otula Owuor Subject: Energy
  • 13. Aimable Twahirwa (Rwanda), Charles Mkoka (Kenya), and Christina Scott (South Africa), in the Mail & Guardian , South Africa
    • science journalism writing skills
      • external assessments
    • professional development as science journalist
      • becomes responsible for science beat
      • awards, becomes a trainer
    • impact of stories on policies and decisions
      • interviews of scientists and policymakers
    • status and activities of associations
  • 15. The Editor “ He has become an important science reporter in this newsroom.” “ We are proud to say that Onche Odeh was recently promoted to ‘correspondent in health and science’”.   Mr. Bassey Udoh, head of business desk, Daily Independent. Lagos (Nigeria),
  • 16. The SjCOOP Donors