The City of Mexico City signed a formal agreement on January 12th for the official creation of the Mexican Network of Science Journalists (RedMPC), a civil association and the first of its kind in the country.
RedMPC is created by 29 founding members, all of whom are journalists or communicators and students sharing an interest in strengthening and promoting high-quality science journalism. The objectives of RedMPC are the boosting of journalism through focusing on science, technology and innovation and its free practice in Mexico through an emphasis on quality, accuracy and journalistic rigor.
The Network will be advocating for a free press, free speech and expression of ideas, as well as for better economic and working conditions and most notably for the security of those who exercise their profession.
RedMPC also seeks to foster communication between civil society and the scientific and technological community, members of the private sector and state bodies responsible for promoting, encouraging and developing science, technology and innovation.
The Network will also promote training opportunities and scholarships for journalists and science communicators. It will pursue the creation of an official space for a rational and public discussion on journalism and science that are made in Mexico.
Read the announcement on the creation of RedMPC in Spanish here.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
The first Executive Board Members of RedMPC have been elected for a two year period.
The current board is composed of: Manuel Lino (President), Aleida Rueda (Vice-President), Fabiola Trelles (Treasurer), Elizabeth Ruiz (Secretary) and three vocal members: Carlos Guevara (Mexico City), Cecilia Montero (Veracruz), and Ana Claudia Nepote (Michoacan).
The first call for new board members will be launched in 2016 (date to be confirmed).
You can follow RedMPC on their blog, Facebook page or Twitter account.
For any questions about the network please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.