Science Journalism, Changing Tools, Timeless Values.

In a time of dramatic evolution, amazing discovery and occasional controversy, science journalists are the vital conduit between researchers, policymakers and the public. Award-winning science communicator and former WFSJ board member, Pallava Bagla, reflects in this article on the challenges of his profession. READ MORE

Lessons Learned From the Post-WCSJ2015 Fukushima Visit

The Nepalese journalist Chhatra Karki went on a visit to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant as part of a post-WCSJ2015 tour to Japan organized by the Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists (JASTJ). Mr. Karki experienced first-hand the devastating effects of the earthquake in Nepal. Visiting the Fukushima nuclear facilities and witnessing the effects of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on the region and the way the local government dealt with the aftermath provided Mr. Karki with an opportunity to learn from the Japanese experience and to help his own country with its own post-disaster management.    READ MORE

Now Out: the October edition of SAYANSI magazine (by MESHA)

The Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA) in Nairobi, Kenya just launched the fourth issue of their SAYANSI magazine.

MESHA is an organization that provides support to science journalists covering health, development, technology, agriculture and the environment. It offers science communication training workshops, consultancies and encourage networking through meetings and conferences among journalists, scientists and other stakeholders in Kenya.READ MORE

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.
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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