Mission & Objectives

Vision

We believe that science journalism will help make science accountable.


Mission

The World Federation of Science Journalists is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, representing 63 science journalists’ associations and 10,000 individual science and technology journalists from around the world. The WFSJ encourages strong, critical coverage of issues in science and technology, the environment, health and medicine, agriculture, and related fields. The WFSJ seeks to:

  • Advance science journalism as a bridge between science, scientists, and the public.
  • Promote the role of science journalists as key players in civil society and democracy.
  • Improve the quality of science reporting, promote standards, and support science and technology journalists worldwide.

Activities

  • The WFSJ promotes and defends the free flow of information and open dialogue about scientific research and related issues, which are essential to good science journalism.
  • The WFSJ provides a forum for its membership, and the wider public, to share advances, achievements, challenges, opportunities, and trends in science journalism internationally.
  • The WFSJ promotes best practices in science journalism.
  • The WFSJ organizes the World Conference of Science Journalists every two years, in different regions of the world.
  • The WFSJ undertakes training, mentoring, and education of science journalists globally through initiatives such as conferences, workshops, mentoring schemes, and other professional opportunities.
  • The WFSJ supports science journalism associations and encourages the foundation of new ones.

Membership

  • WFSJ members are national, regional, and international associations that represent science journalists, broadcasters, writers, editors, and communicators working across all media platforms.
  • To become a member of the WFSJ, an association applies and is accepted in accordance with the WFSJ bylaws. Applications for membership will be reviewed and decided upon by the WFSJ Board.

More information about joining the WFSJ is available here.


Charitable organization

The WFSJ has been an officially registered Canadian charitable organization since 2013 (registration number: 831911748RR0001).


Where your donations go

The vital donations made to the WFSJ make it possible to train journalists in crisis situations, buy equipment, and support journalists in covering stories in which science plays an important role.


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