Life Beyond Headlines — CSWA Beyond Writers

Tim Lougheed, President of the Canadian Science Writer’s Association, shares his views on the evolution of Science journalism and its future challenges. 

This is where the upheaval in media has brought us, to a world where the most engaging and worthwhile information is wherever you happen to find it, rather than being regularly and reliably captured in headlines touted by our most venerable news sources. This is also where the Canadian Science Writers’ Association finds itself in 2016, some 45 years after it was established by members of the media who took such great delight in following the course of science, technology, and medicine that they decide to band together as a means of turning this activity into an organized passion they could share with others.


‘Back in Touch! a Web Documentary on Life in post-Ebola Sierra Leona

When the Ebola crisis hit Sierra Leone in 2014, the government called a national lockdown in order to prevent the disease from spreading. The outbreak changed many people’s lives forever.

‘Back in Touch’ is a web documentary about life in post-Ebola Sierra Leone. Produced by On Our Radar in partnership with the New Internationalist Magazine, it has been driven by a group of passionate and dedicated citizen journalists, whose stories offer a deep and unmediated insight into the aftershocks of the deadly epidemic.

This project has been funded by the European Journalism Centre (EJC) via its Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme.

Visit the Back in Touch website here.

ICRC HOTLINE: Assistance for Journalists on Dangerous Assignments

Media professionals are often exposed to serious danger when reporting from war zones or other areas associated with armed violence. The ICRC operates a hotline enabling journalists, their families and the media organizations they work for to request assistance if they are wounded, detained or missing. This brochure explains how to get in touch with the ICRC and how the organization might be able to help.

More information on the hotline can be found on the ICRC website here.

ESOF2016 Manchester: New travel grant scheme for journalists. Deadline: 25/04.

Manchester, the host city for the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2016, is delighted to announce that it is offering a travel grant scheme for journalists wishing to attend and report on the conference this summer.

The ESOF 2016 Travel Grant Scheme for Journalists is now open and has been put in place due to the overwhelming response to a similar grant offered by Nature Publishing Group, which has already supported 15 journalists to attend the conference. READ MORE

The Lost Freetown Collective

The Freetown Peninsula in Sierra Leone is the most populous and developed part of the country. As the population has grown, efforts to update its infrastructure have stalled, leaving its resources, both physical and environmental, under a great strain. What was once a region rich in marine and forest resources is now at risk from over fishing, water pollution, illegal logging, and soil erosion. The country’s environmental protection framework is weak and poorly enforced, and for many, the country’s waters and forest are their only source of income and nutrition.READ MORE

Unique partnership in Africa holds talks on water and sanitation in Accra, Ghana

A unique partnership under the coordination of the Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) and the Indian-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) will hold a one-day dialogue on water and sanitation in Accra on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.

With the Science and Technology Communicators of Ghana playing host, the meeting will be a forum to share experiences on mainstreaming sustainable sanitation – wastewater solutions/technology with case studies. The workshop’s objectives include providing state-of-the-art knowledge, discuss the legal framework/policy reforms and share best practices on water and sanitation in Africa and the rest of the world.READ MORE

Trapping the Zika Virus

The Zika virus spreading through South and Central America was previously considered a mild pathogen, but a possible link to birth defects has elevated the obscure mosquito-borne disease to a public health emergency. Though Zika and Ebola are very different in transmission and symptoms, the same lessons learned from the West African outbreak can be applied in the Americas. As they did for Ebola, the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) has outlined a response plan based at the community level. In addition to limiting exposure to mosquitoes and advising travelers, NECSI’s plan takes control efforts one step further: offering female mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs, but with a deadly surprise. READ MORE