Chhatra Karki (Nepal)


REASONS WHY I AM APPLYING 

Back in 2000, I visited a natural disaster-prone impoverished village in southern plain of Nepal with a team of climate researchers. The team of scientists was trying to understand the phenomena of climatic extremities, its impacts, and vulnerabilities, and find the solutions. Local communities were suffering from climate related disasters for years, science was there, solutions were out there, however, neither the local people understood the complex science of weather and climate change, nor could the Scientists communicate the issues in public language. As a journalist, this incident touched me and, I realized that this communication barrier between scientists and public is a tremendous opportunity for journalists like me to serve in science journalism field.

In my understanding, science reporting in public media can bridge the gap between science, society and policy. It can aware the public, inform the policy and provide feedback to the scientific communities. To date, I have covered different science related issues including the environment, health, climate change, energy, natural resources management and other scientific innovations. Apart from writing and reporting on science-related issues, I have been continuously collaborating and interacting with scientists, presenting papers, and delivering training and mentoring fellow journalists to mainstream science journalism in national media. I am the founding president of Nepal Forum of Science Journalists (NFSJ) that was established in 2014. This organization is highly recognized at the national level. In my leadership, NFSJ has built partnerships with Ministry of Science of Nepal Government, National Academy of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University in order to disseminate the outcomes of scientific researchers and science conferences. Institutionally, we are expanding our network at regional and global level. NFSJ is an active member association of World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).

I am familiar with the mission and objectives of WFSJ and I share common interests to bridge between science, scientists and the public. Since 7th world congress in 2011, I have regularly been participating the Congress, sharing my experiences, learning from fellow journalists from all over the world and expanding my professional network. In Doha conference, I participated as a Participant and shared my journalistic experience. With the financial support from Finnish Ministry of Culture, I attended the 8th conference in Helsinki, Finland in 2013. At the 9th conference Seouloul, Korea, I was invited as a speaker to present on Nepal Earthquake 2015.

Having long-standing experience in science journalism, professional network at multiple level, and sharing common values with WFSJ, I consider myself as an appropriate candidate for the WFSJ Board. Provided the opportunity, I am highly committed to contribute my time and efforts to achieve the goal of the organization. With the collective decision, my initiatives will be on expanding membership, developing capacity of the members, extending regional collaboration and increasing the interface with scientists. In addition, I will contribute on the activities initiated by the WFSJ Board.

Chhatra Karki  President, Nepal Forum of Science Journalists


Question this Candidate by email: karki.chhatra@gmail.com


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Letter of reference – Vesa Niinikangas

Letter of reference – Pallava Bagla

Letter of reference – NFSJ

 

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Ochieng Ogodo (Kenya)


REASONS WHY I AM APPLYING 

Science is at the core of global sustainable development agenda as it is closely linked – if not at the heart – too many key global challenges such as energy, food security, biodiversity, land use, climate change, among others.

The creation of linkages between these different spheres of life and those impacted – positively or negatively – needs an informed society for informed choices. Society needs information that is easy to understand from science, technology, and innovations.

Shoring up these and bridging the gap between science and scientists on one hand, and members of society not immersed in science movement on the other is one of the fundamental functions of WFSJ.

The WFSJ will do this through capacity building of journalists interested in science news reporting, the creation of networks as well as floorboards in on-job learning processes, among many others. There is also the need to shop around for funds to drive the Federation’s programs.

It is these and other relevant needs, that gives me the motivation to seek to be one of the board members of this August global science journalists organization to help advance its mission and vision, not only for the benefit of the journalists but the global ecosystems that we share as humans.

Having been involved in the WFSJ activities such as its conferences and training activities, I believe I have enough knowledge and experience to help take it to another level in its growth.

It is my desire to become a board member so that I can, together with other board members, participate fully and effectively in board meetings and ensure implementation of resolutions thereof.

From my Nairobi station, I have no doubt that I will be able to make time available to be present at face-to-face meetings as well as virtual meetings and to communicate effectively and work cohesively with fellow board members as I have done before with WFSJ, other science journalists and organisations across the globe since I ventured into science journalism about twenty years ago.

Within the African context, I have so much been involved in making contributions to science journalism and one such demonstration was helping start a leading national science journalists association in Kenya, the Kenya Environment and Science Journalists (KENSJA), that I was its founding chairperson and the current patron.

I have been widely involved in science journalism movement, helping build capacity for science journalists across Africa and beyond.

Science journalists, as conduits for information coming out of events, studies… must keep abreast with new developments, which are enhanced tremendously with networking and stewardship of WFSJ.

This requires leadership anchored on those with great experience and commitment in science journalism: I am one of them. My record as a science journalist clearly gives me the motivation to seek to be on the board of the Federation to help advance its role globally.

I, therefore, offer my candidature to the Nomination Committee and Voting Delegates to give me chance to serve on the board. Thank you all and long live WFSJ.

Ochieng Ogodo  Kenya Environment and Science Journalists Association


Question this Candidate by email: ochiengogodo@yahoo.com


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Letter of reference – Rosalia Omungo

Letter of reference – Mandi Smallhorne
Letter of reference – Mico Tatalovic

 

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