For over 15 years, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) has been a bridge builder and facilitator creating and developing connections across different borders and stimulating close collaborations with organizations that share our desire to advance scientific and technological knowledge.
However, with science and journalism going through some turbulent times and with the freedom of the press under threat in many countries it is, now more than ever, the WFSJ’s central role to develop a portfolio of programmes to educate, engage and communicate scientific and technological understanding.
COLLABORATION BETWEEN SCIENCE-KNOWLEDGE BROKERS
Addressing tomorrow’s major communication challenges requires the collaboration and resources of all science-knowledge brokers including scientists, educators, community-based stakeholders, civil society, foundations, institutions, universities, etc. We rely on consistent and effective collaboration to:
- Be the primary conduit to inform citizens
- Address and confront the issue of fake science
- Identify and challenge fake news
- Make sure science is accountable
- Built and restore trust between science, scientists, and citizens
- Take a role in public policy decision-making, such as the challenges behind open science & open data
- Prepare societies to understand how science & technology is going to affect our lives
- Close the gap in communication between scientists, journalists & communities
- Have a substantial impact on the scientific challenges facing our societies: climate change, environment, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), infectious diseases, vaccines, etc.
ADDRESSING MAJOR CHALLENGES AND ISSUES
In a world with an increasingly democratic dissemination of trustworthy and unreliable information and a corroded position of experts, we have taken on the mission to empower journalists and to provide them with the tools and the know-how to better access, evaluate and communicate scientific evidence, in sometimes chaotic and dangerous environments.
But to respond to these major challenges and issues we need your financial support so that we can continue organizing and developing:
- Training workshops focused on building the science reporting capacity of local and regional journalists. Since 2006 we have trained 500+ journalists in 50 countries.
- Training for Trainers courses to train local, non-specialized journalists to establish a network of trainers that can conduct further training and mentoring of journalists in the concerned regions
- Resources and toolkits for journalists, such as the ones we have released on dementia, nuclear safety, infectious diseases, Hepatitis C, etc.
- Mentoring programs in science journalism such our recognized SjCOOP program in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Over 120 mentees and 36 mentors trained.
- E-learning resources such as our MOOC on Scientific Controversies, interactive games on science journalism, multilingual online courses on science journalism etc.
- Competitions such as the Kavli Prize Scholarships for science journalists to attend the Kavli Prizes awarding in Oslo. In the past, we organized the Ecohealth Forum and Amundson competitions.
- Conferences and webinars, such as the biannual World Conference of Science Journalists, the Kavli Symposium on science journalism, as well as webinars on a wide range of topics like on infectious diseases and nuclear safety.
“The mentoring project in science journalism in Southeast Asia allowed me to get published internationally.”
BECOME AN ASSOCIATE PARTNER AND SUPPORT SCIENCE JOURNALISM
As an Associate Partner, you will support our work developing evidence-based strategies for engaging the public with science while providing us with much-needed funds for our long-term development, advocacy, and projects. In return for your financial backing, we will acknowledge your contribution on our website, during events, in programs and on our newsletter.
By expanding our collaboration and seeking new horizons we can jointly help advance science journalism worldwide and address tomorrow’s communication challenges. The development of associate partnerships will allow us to continue our work as a trusted and established services provider in the area of science journalism.
Financial donations start at $ 1,000 USD. The next levels are:
- $ 1,001 – $ 2,000
- $ 2,001 – $ 4,999
- $ 5,000 – 9,999
- $ 10,000 plus
All donations, etc. are directed to specific projects based on proposals that originate with the WFSJ, not with funders.
Let us discuss how we can build together inspiring and novel collaborations that will strategically respond to the future communication needs in a rapidly changing world.
If you would like to discuss a partnership more in detail contact Eric Lauwers via email@example.com or +1 514 508 2777.
All financial donations to the WFSJ are eligible for an official donation receipt for income tax purposes in Canada.
“The WFSJ’s training enhanced my news writing skills on science.”
Pham Thuy Huong
The WFSJ’s partnerships are based on six core principles. We recognize that these principles are not equally applicable to all types of relationships, however, we aspire to follow them in all our working relations with others. Read the six core principles here.