UKRI-2019 Science Reporting Workshop

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) together with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) organized a workshop on science reporting for journalists from the African continent in Harwell (UK) from 10-15 March 2019. The objectives of the workshop were:

  • Further develop journalists’ skills in science reporting
  • Build/strengthen a professional network of journalists in Africa

During the training workshop, the participants reviewed the fundamentals of science reporting and sharpened their journalism skills using new technologies, interviews with world-renowned experts from the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and research through site visits. The WFSJ received 147 applications from 23 African countries. Selection criteria were:

  • Application quality
  • Geographical diversity
  • Multiple media outlet representation
  • Gender balance
  • Freelancer and employee balance

All participants fully engaged and actively participated in learning activities onsite, as well as share their experience of covering science with other participants during the workshop. The workshop was a springboard for publishing science stories based on their exposure to top scientists and new ways of telling stories and we trust that they will share their experience with their colleagues back in their home countries.

Adele Baleta from South Africa was the lead trainer for this workshop. The list of the participants was:

  1. Cameroon, Anu Nkeze Paul
  2. Cameroon, Frida Leyina Voma
  3. DRC, Gabrielle Nina Mitch
  4. Egypt, Mohammed El-Said
  5. Ghana, Ahedor Jessica
  6. Ghana, Jamila Akweley Okertchiri
  7. Kenya, Aoko George Otieno
  8. Kenya, Sophia Mbugua
  9. Malawi, Mercy Malikwa
  10. Nigeria, Chibuike Alagboso
  11. Nigeria, Paul Olusegun Adepoju
  12. South Africa, Sibusiso Keith Biyela
  13. Uganda, Zurah Neetah Nakabugo
  14. Zimbabwe, Columbus Mavhunga
  15. Zimbabwe, Farai Shawn Matiashe
  16. Zimbabwe, Lungelo Ndhlovu