Successfully reported this slideshow.
Your SlideShare is downloading. ×

B4FA 2013 Ghana: Fundamentals of Science Journalism - Alex Abutu

Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Ad
Loading in …3
×

Check these out next

1 of 19 Ad
Advertisement

More Related Content

Slideshows for you (20)

Viewers also liked (20)

Advertisement

Similar to B4FA 2013 Ghana: Fundamentals of Science Journalism - Alex Abutu (20)

More from b4fa (20)

Advertisement

Recently uploaded (20)

B4FA 2013 Ghana: Fundamentals of Science Journalism - Alex Abutu

  1. 1. Fundamentals of Science Journalism Alex Abutu Editor, Environment & Agric Page, Daily Trust Newspaper.
  2. 2. Why Science journalism? The need to improve the understanding of science, medicine and technology.
  3. 3. How to find a story • Sources of information and inspiration • News conferences • Press releases • Peer reviewed Journals • Research institutes, etc
  4. 4. What makes a good science story? There are three components to the perfect science story. The first is the intellectual leap or excitement that a particular piece of research brings. Second, the practical implications – how will this research change our lives? The third is the human story
  5. 5. Is it a story? What is the story here It is about society It is the science Is it about politics or the economy
  6. 6. Sources of information • A good science story depends to a large extend who or what the source is, so it is very important that the source of our information be credible and possibly an authority in the field.
  7. 7. Sources: Scientists Organisations NGOs Government Journals or other publications
  8. 8. Who do you trust? • Not all sources are valid • Science and ‘balance’ • Research vs opinion • Published work • Where and who by? • Peer review
  9. 9. Interviewing a scientist
  10. 10. Interviewing a scientist • Three quick tips on how to get the best out of an interview. • Be smart (Read about the subject) • Prepare your questions • Establish the rules
  11. 11. Interviewing a scientist • Scientists’ reactions to journalists • How to get the best from scientists • Building a relationship • How do you write the story for your reader to understand? • Translating science-speak without dumbing down
  12. 12. Interviewing a lobbyist • Relationships with lobbyists • How to get the truth from a lobbyist • Investigative interviewing techniques
  13. 13. How do scientists react to the media? • What do scientists think of us? • Misquote, misrepresentation, inability to understand common scientific jargon • What can you do about that? • Befriend them, win their trust, cross check copy, make them understand you a journalist • Building the relationship?
  14. 14. How do journalists react to scientists? • How do you typically react to scientists? • Mr think he knows everything, Jargon man, • What can you do about that? • Try to understand him, read more about his work • What can scientists do? • Be more accessible, be willing to explain • How can you help them achieve this
  15. 15. Selling it to your editor/producer • Why should this be published? • Impact on society, economy, health, etc • Selling the story to your editor • Must be well written, draw out benefits/implications of the discovery as it relate to food security, vision 202020 etc
  16. 16. Finally Remember that Science is procedural Science can be replicated anywhere Science is peer reviewed Science can be verified Science is about facts, accuracy
  17. 17. * NGOs/Lobbyists have an agenda * You are not a scientist * Science is not about opinion
  18. 18. Reading tips https://ijnet.org/stories/three-tips-better-news-interviews http://www.wfsj.org/course/ http://www.wfsj.org/course/lesson.htm?e=e03#L03P00 http://www.wfsj.org/course/lesson.htm?e=e06#L06P00 http://www.scidev.net/en/practical-guides/ Organisations you can freelance for: AfricaSTI.com (www.africasti.com) ScienceAfrica Science and Development network (www.scidev.net)
  19. 19. Email:alexyabutu@gmail.com www.africasti.com www.dailytrust.com Skype: Alex.Abutu Twitter: @lexyabutu Thank you

×