Improving Media Reporting During Epidemic Outbreaks and Empowering Communities

During epidemic outbreaks, such as Ebola in Africa and Zika in Latin America, it is important to keep affected populations duly informed. Proper communication on medical topics can save lives!

Sensationalist news on the contrary can be counterproductive. Fear, panic and collective stress can easily result in even more uncertainty, agitation and eventually additional deaths.

Therefore, what is the best way during such an outbreak to communicate scientific knowledge that reaches the target group ensuring that they will fully understand the information and consequently react to it?READ MORE

WCSJ2017: A Word from the WFSJ President

Human health. Technology. The environment. Science has never been a more important dimension of the news, and covering these subjects requires a global perspective. The 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017) in San Francisco (October 26-30, 2017) is a unique opportunity to meet colleagues from the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Oceania who can deliver just that. The meeting brings together journalists, communicators, scientists and other experts to discuss 21st-century strategies and practices for tackling the big issues, whether they be pandemics, cybersecurity or ecosystem change.READ MORE

WFSJ – Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a closed meeting of the general membership of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Only, representatives of the 50-member associations can attend.

Register for attending the AGM by sending an email to info@wfsj.org before Friday, July 15, 2016

Those who cannot attend the meeting in person are asked to vote by proxy by filling out the proxy form and returning it by email to info@wfsj.org before Friday, July 15, 2016.


VENUE

The AGM will take place at ESOF2016 on Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Exchange Hall 6-7 in Manchester Central.

Fukushima: International Symposium on Disaster Management & Recovery for Children and communities (Soma City, 7-8 May, 2016)

In March 2011, Fukushima faced the worst-ever disaster in history. The triple disaster, earthquake, tsunami, and particularly the nuclear accident brought unforeseen public health challenges.

Major health concerns in addition to radiation contamination arose from social destabilisation, caused by fear of radiation exposure. Sudden, unplanned mass evacuation and long-term displacement contributed to the decline in mental and physical well-being of evacuees, especially the elderly. READ MORE

WFSJ at EASL: The International Liver Congress 2016, Barcelona (13-17 April, 2016)

The International Liver Congress is the annual EASL meeting, and the flagship event in EASL’s educational calendar.

Every year in April, scientific and medical experts from a broad range of fields including hepatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, cell biology, transplant surgery, infectious diseases, microbiology and virology, pharmacology, pathology and radiology and imaging come together from around the world to learn about the latest in liver research.READ MORE

Lutte contre la résurgence d’Ébola en Guinée: les journalistes formés par la WFSJ contribuent à la riposte

La Guinée fait partie des trois pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest durement touchés par la maladie à virus Ebola durant l’épidémie ayant sévi dans cette région en 2014 et 2015. La Fédération Mondiale des Journalistes Scientifiques (WFSJ) a organisé à Conakry du 15 au 19 février le dernier atelier de communication et de formation destinée à 16 journalistes radio guinéens de la Fondation Hirondelle. Le thème de la formation était : « la communication scientifique lors de crises sanitaires », un projet appuyé par le Centre de Recherche de Développement International à Ottawa (IDRC/CRDI).READ MORE

Second India-Africa dialogue meeting calls to urgently curb water wastage through wasteful sanitation

“Are all roads in Ghana this smooth? This good?” asked Maina Waruru, a senior MESHA member from Kenya as we approached the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra last Monday afternoon.

As we got off our hostess’ car, one very kind Linda Asante of Science and Technology Communicators Association of Ghana (SaTCOG), each of us dashed towards the Scoop, the institution’s canteen run by a very talkative Akan woman. READ MORE