Access to Energy Journalism Fellowship. Deadline Nov. 29!

Over a billion people in the world lack access to modern energy services such as electricity to power their communities’ x-ray machines or clean-burning cook stoves to prepare their families’ meals. An estimated two times that number lack reliable access. While looking differently throughout the world, energy poverty has significant impacts on health, access to basic services and economic opportunity everywhere.READ MORE

EU Commission sets up Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM)

The European Commission has set up the EC Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM). The aim of the seven-member advisory panel is to support the Commission with high quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities. This will contribute to the quality of EU legislation, in line with the Better Regulation agenda.READ MORE

Training Workshop on Local Journalism in Emergency and Post-Outbreak Periods launched in Sierra Leone

On November the 3rd the WFSJ launched a 5-day training workshop in Sierra Leone, one of the countries affected by the Ebola epidemic. The workshop focuses on ‘Improving Science-based Communication & Local Journalism in Emergency and Post-Outbreak Periods’. The course material was put together at a Training of Trainers workshop in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (12-16 September).

The overall goal of the training program is to help local non-specialized journalists better understand the nature, context and response actions in public health emergencies, disease outbreaks, and potential pandemics. It will provide them with a health and science reporting toolbox tailored to reporting in future outbreak situations. Further workshops will be organized in the next few weeks in Guinea and Liberia.

This blog post was written by Ibrahima Samura, a Sierra Leonean web-journalist attending the workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone. READ MORE

CSWA/ACRS Celebrates 45th Anniversary – Today!

Congratulations to the CSWA/ACRS! Thursday, 15 October 2015 marks the 45th anniversary to the very day of the founding of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association/ Association canadienne des rédacteurs scientifiques.

This year Canadians will be deciding who to vote for in the dying days of the current marathon Canadian federal election, but forty-five years ago Canadians were gripped by television images and newspaper reports during the “October Crisis”, after members of the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped British diplomat James Cross, and then Quebec Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte. READ MORE

CSWA Book Awards for General Audience and Youth Books

The Canadian Science Writers’ Association offers two annual book awards to honour outstanding contributions to science writing:

1) intended for and available to children/middle grades ages 8-12 years
2) intended for and available to the general public. Competitors must be Canadian citizens or residents of Canada, but need not be members of the CSWA.

Data Journalism Workshop in Seoul June 8-11, 2015

A three-day workshop on data journalism took place in Seoul, South Korea, in accordance with the 9th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ). A total of 15 participants attended the activity: 10 participants selected through an open competition from Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Nepal and Sri Lanka, on top of a project manager, and three trainers.

Approximately 50 applications were received from the region: The management team included one journalist from Sri Lanka and one journalist from Nepal among the participants as an effort to expand SjCOOP Asia’s network. The selection criteria put emphasis on professional quality, and reflected gender and geographic balance.READ MORE

Ugandan Health Journalists Link Up With Scientists at Science Cafés

Once every month, health journalists in Uganda attend a Science Café. It is usually held on a Wednesday from 3-5 pm, a day and time largely selected by them.

The Health Journalists Network in Uganda (HEJNU), an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of health care issues and improving health literacy among Africans organises the Science Cafés in partnership with AVAC, a global non-profit organisation that works to accelerate the ethical development and global delivery of HIV prevention options.READ MORE

Cancer World Journalist Grants 2015

What is the Cancer World Journalist Grant?

The Cancer World Journalist Grant was created in order to encourage high-quality reporting on cancer. Print, broadcast and new media journalists are invited to apply for a Cancer WorldJournalist Grant that will enable them complete a reporting project on a particular topic relating to cancer. We are looking for projects that explore systemic issues that have a significant impact on cancer patients and that provide comprehensive coverage on the topic rather than short spot-reports from the field.READ MORE