World Federation of
Science Journalists

World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ)

Mission Statement

  • The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, representing science journalists' associations globally. The Federation encourages strong, critical coverage of issues in science and technology, environment, health and medicine, agriculture and related fields.

Objectives

  • The purpose of the WFSJ is to develop awareness of science journalism internationally by building the capacity of media professionals to undertake engaging, incisive, accurate, impartial, high quality science journalism.
  • The WFSJ nurtures science journalists and science journalism through education, projects, conferences, and the creation of national associations. It is dedicated to fostering collegiality and professional networks to strengthen science journalism, and in turn, civil society.
  • The WFSJ aims to safeguard the rights and livelihoods of science journalists globally, inclusive of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, and sexual preference.

Activities

  • The WFSJ promotes and defends the free flow of information and open dialogue about scientific research and related issues - 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 selects and supports the host association for the World Conference of Science Journalists.
  • The WFSJ undertakes training, mentoring, and education of science journalists globally through initiatives such as the World Conference of Science Journalists, mentoring schemes, twinning of associations, 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 which 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.

History

The Federation was founded in November 2002 at the 3rd World Conference of Science Journalists in São José dos Campos, Brazil, where Canadian science writer and broadcaster Véronique Morin was elected its first president. At the 4th World Conference in Montréal, in October 2004, more than 600 participants from 58 nations attended, as well as representatives from 30 science journalism associations worldwide, and Australian science journalist and magazine editor Wilson da Silva was elected the Federation's second president.

On 18th April 2007, during the 5th World Conference of Science Journalists held in Melbourne (Australia), BBC science journalist Pallab Ghosh became President. On 1st July 2009, Ms. Nadia El-Awady from Egypt was elected as the fourth president during the 6th World Conference held in London (United Kingdom).

The current President, Mr. Vesa Niinikangas from Finland, was confirmed as president on 29th June 2011, in Doha (Qatar) on the last day of the 7th World Conference of Science Journalists.

The Federation is governed by a seven-member international board with representation from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.


Membership


The WFSJ welcomes three categories of membership:
  1. Full Members entitled to attend, speak and vote at the Annual General Assembly;
  2. Associate Members entitled to attend and speak at meetings but who do not have the right to vote; Associate Members is any organization that shares the objectives of the World Federation and is not a Full Member; and
  3. Honorary Members entitled to attend and speak but do not have the right to vote. Honorary Members are those organizations and individuals that have rendered exemplary voluntary service or financial contribution to the Federation in support of the objects of the Federation. Honorary members are not required to make contributions or pay annual dues.
There are presently 47 Full Members which are national, regional or international associations of science journalists and three Associate Members of the World Federation of Science Journalists:

African Federation of Science Journalist (AFSJ)
Arab Science Journalists Association (ASJA)
Australia: Australian Science Communicators (ASC)
Australiasia: Australasian Medical Writers Association
Argentina: Argentinian Network of Science journalism
Bangladesh: Bangladesh Science Writers & Journalists Forum (BSWJF)
Balkans: Balkan Association of Science Journalists (BASJ)
Benin: Association des Journalists and Communicators of Togo (JCS-Togo)
Brazil: Brazilian Association of Science Journalism
Burkina Faso: Association des Journalistes et Communicateurs scientifiques du Burkina Faso (AJSC/BF)
Cameroon: SciLife (Cameroon's Association of Science Journalists and Communicators)
Canada: Canadian Science Writers' Association (CSWA)
Catalonia: Catalan Association for Science Communication (ACCC)
Chile: Chilean Association of Science Journalists (ACHIPEC)
China: Chinese Society for Science and Technology Journalism (CSSTJ)
Denmark: Danish Science Journalists' Association
Europe: European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA)
Finland: Finnish Association of Science Editors and Journalists (FASEJ)
France: French association of science journalists (AJSPI)
Germany: German Science Journalists' Association (WPK)
Germany: German Association of Science Writers (TELI)
International Science Writers Association (ISWA)
Ireland: Irish Science & Technology Journalists' Association (ISTJA)
Italy: Italian Association of Science Journalists (UGIS)
Italy: Science Writers in Italy - SWIM
Japan: Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists (JASTJ)
Japan: Medical Journalists Association of Japan (MEJA)
Kenya: Kenya Science Journalists Association (KENSJA)
Kenya: Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA)
Korea: Korea Science Journalists Association (KSJA)
Netherlands (The): Dutch Association of Science Journalists (VWN)
Niger:
Association des Journalistes Scientifiques du Niger (AJSN)
Nigeria: Nigeria Association of Science Journalists (NAJS)
Philippine: Philippine Science Journalists Association (PSciJourn)
Québec: Association of Science Communicators (ACS)
Russia: Association of Science Writers and Journalists 'INTELLECT'
Rwanda: Rwanda Association of Science Journalists (RASJ)
South Africa: South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA)
Spain: Spanish Association of Science Communication (AECC)
Switzerland: Swiss Association of Science Journalism (SASJ)
Togo: Science Journalists and Communicators of Togo (JCS-Togo)
Uganda: Uganda Science Journalists' Association (USJA)
United States: National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
United States: The Association of Health Care Journalists
United Kingdom: Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)
Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe Environmental Journalists Association (ZEJA)

Associate Members
Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
The Qatar Foundation
AlphaGalieo


Board and Governance


The World Federation of Science Journalists answers to the Annual General Assembly of its Full Member associations, with each association carrying one vote.

The present Board of Directors is made of the following people:
  • Dr. Chul Joong Kim, (South Korea) Science Journalist - Chosun Ilbo
  • Dominique Forget, (Canada) Science Journalist, author
  • Vesa Niinikangas, (Finland) Journalist, author
  • Curtis Brainard, (USA) Freelance Journalist
  • Kathyrn O'Hara, (Canada) Journalism professor, CTV Chair in Science Broadcast Journalism
  • Lucy Calderon, (Guatemala) Freelance Science Journalist
  • Pallava Bagla, (India) Science Editor – New Delhi Television

The Federation’s secretariat is located in downtown Montréal, Québec, Canada.