How Did African Journalists Experience the Ebola Crisis?

Journalists based in Africa suffered from a lack of credible information during the West African Ebola viral epidemic in 2014, states a report published by the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) in partnership with the Department of Journalism at Concordia University. “The report concludes that if better communication and access to credible information were in place, many deaths may have been avoided,” says Damien Chalaud, Executive Director of the WFSJ.READ MORE

Board Election 2017: Final Results + New Canadian Board Member

The WFSJ is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Executive Board Election.

Out of a total of 55 Member Associations, 42 (76 %) casted their vote of which 38 (69 %) were eligible. Four (4) votes were considered ineligible either because they were cast after the deadline or because the associations hadn’t paid the WFSJ’s membership fee in the past years.READ MORE

Dementia: A Toolbox for Journalists

As the number of people with dementia continues to rise so does the overall media coverage of the issue, which is a positive thing. Dementia and other mental illnesses have a huge economic impact on society. Currently, dementia is estimated to cost around $818 billion per year. It is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide.READ MORE

Shigeyuki Koide (Japan)


REASONS WHY I AM APPLYING 

Since joining the WFSJ as a JASTJ member in mid-1990s, I have taken up progressively responsible assignments as a science journalist to report on the environment, medicine, energy and other key issues of science and technology in Japan and abroad.  I have also actively mediated the lack of communication and misinformation among the public, scientists, industry experts and policy makers through numerous interviews, public discussions and publications.

To me, the most valuable activity of WFSJ in the past decade is the worldwide education program for science journalists in developing countries, the SjCOOP Project.  When I participated in WCSJ in Helsinki in 2013 and in Seoul in 2015, I was encouraged by the increased number of conference participants from developing countries, some of whom had established associations of science journalists in their countries.  This was the fruits of successful expansion of SjCOOP Projects from Africa to the Middle East and to Asia.

From June 2013 to May 2017, I served as a Chairman of JASTJ and led the SjCOOP Asia Project in Japan through organizing the 2013 Tokyo Conference, the 2014 Tokyo Conference, the 2015 WCSJ Seoul and the post-WCSJ 2015 tour to Fukushima and Fukuoka, Japan.  At the 2015 WCSJ in Seoul, I was pleased to see the first regional network of science journalists from Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, brought together by the SjCOOP Asia Project in the previous three years, was still active both locally and internationally. Furthermore, in 2016, I was invited to speak at the first international conference of the Society of Indonesian Science Journalists held in Bogor, Indonesia.

While media attention to the environment, energy, industrial and information technologies, medicine, climate change, natural disasters and other science-related issues has increased in the recent years, strategic knowledge management required to properly interpret and communicate such information has become highly specialized, without which one could risk reporting “alternative facts”.  Local science journalists in both developed and developing countries play a crucial role in informing the public in their respective native languages about the scientific nature of the events/issues in concern and their political, economic and social implications.  The SjCOOP Asia Project has provided a unique opportunity to bring together and enhance mutual learning between science journalists of countries where the importance of science journalism has long been recognized and related training of journalists exist, such as Japan, and countries where one might still face challenges establishing his/her profession as a science journalist.

While the activity of the SjCOOP Asia Project has been limited since 2016 due to financial shortfall, JASTJ aim to play a continuously important role in connecting and empowering science journalists in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and I would like to further contribute to this aim as a WFSJ board member.

Skigeyuki Koide  JASTJ (Japanese Association of Science & Technology Journalists)


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Letter of reference – MEJA 

Letter of reference – Harry Surjadi

 

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Manuel Lino (Mexico)


REASONS WHY I AM APPLYING 

I’d like to start by explaining how I envision my participation as a board member of the WFSJ. To do that, I think about the two WFSJ-Kavli Symposia I attended. In those occasions, it became clear to me that the journalists from the US, Canada and the UE didn’t have much idea on what was going on in the countries from the developing world and how science journalism could be of help to the people who live here. We were there, at the symposia, watching some wonderful examples of science journalism that were impossible to follow with the kind of jobs, outlets, time and resources that we usually have.

Just to give you an example, according to a survey made in 2013, in Mexico City there are less than 50 reporters covering science at all, and from those only 17 could say that that is their main activity. As far as we in the Mexican Network of Science Journalists (RedMPC) know, in the rest of the country there are no reporters that could say that science is their main subject.

I should follow by saying that I’m filing this application not only with the support of the Directive Council of the RedMPC, but following its specific request to do so.

Besides the two Kavli Symposia, the only other activity of the WFSJ in which I participated was the Members’ Special Meeting held in June 1st. And I have to confess that I’m not going to the WCSJ 2017, although I did put the WFSJ in contact with the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) and, as a result from that, some Mexican reporters will have the funds to go… As for me, I trusted that at least one of the two session proposals I was in would be selected, but none was.

Since last May 31st I’m a freelancer, so I’ll be able to make time for the meetings with fellow board members and other duties that the position at the board will require.

Regarding my contribution to science journalism, on the one hand, I worked as the editor of the cultural section of the newspaper El Economista for around 12 years. During that time, I oriented the section to cover science as a part of culture. At first, I did the reporting myself; later, I managed to open a position for a science reporter and also for a freelance science writer and that structure remains. That led to the curious fact that, eventually in the newspaper we were the ones covering science related topics that had little to do culture, like innovation.

On the other hand, I consider the formation of the RedMPC somewhat of a personal achievement. We were four enthusiast persons in the starting team, but it was me who proposed the idea in the first place and the one in charge to invite other Mexican science journalists to believe in the idea and join us.

Manuel Lino  President of RedMPC (Mexican Network of Science Journalists)


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Letter of reference – Tania Martinez 

Letter of reference – RedMPC

 

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