Science Journalism Training

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Presented by Julie Clayton at the Public Engagement Workshop, 2-5 Dec. 2008, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa, http://sciencecommunity.wordpress.com

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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.
  • Science Journalism Training

    1. 1. Science Journalism Training <ul><li>Julie Clayton </li></ul><ul><li>Wellcome Trust workshop </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd -5 th December 2008, Richards Bay </li></ul>
    2. 2. SjCOOP = Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
    3. 3. WFSJ’s Goals <ul><li>Improve the quality of </li></ul><ul><li>science reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Training and networking for </li></ul><ul><li>science journalists </li></ul>
    4. 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. 5. Doha, Feb 2008
    6. 7. Online Course
    7. 8. Théodore Kouadio, Côte d’Ivoire
    8. 9. Abiose Adelaja, Nigeria
    9. 10. Alexander Augustine, Nigeria
    10. 11. Christophe Mvondo Subject: Water
    11. 12. Onche Odeh, Michael Simire, Mabutho Ngcobo and Otula Owuor Subject: Energy
    12. 13. Aimable Twahirwa (Rwanda), Charles Mkoka (Kenya), and Christina Scott (South Africa), in the Mail & Guardian , South Africa
    13. 14. SjCOOP EVALUATION <ul><li>science journalism writing skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>professional development as science journalist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>becomes responsible for science beat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>awards, becomes a trainer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>impact of stories on policies and decisions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interviews of scientists and policymakers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>status and activities of associations </li></ul>
    14. 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),
    15. 16. The SjCOOP Donors

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