World Federation of Science Journalists

Strategic media engagement and training in Nigeria

Title: Strategic media engagement and training to improve science communication and reporting in Nigeria

This project aims to move media discourse on scientific development away from the present event reporting in the media to a development focused approach by building the capacity of a crop of science journalists for constructive engagement scientists, public officials and policy makers for effective policy debate and implementation.

Through the project we will institute core training and resource-linked opportunities and capacity building on science journalism issues for science reporters, members of the editorial board and initiate practical opportunities through media-science institutions partnerships. This will entail attachment of journalists to key science institutions to observe key elements and issues in science, development and policy advocacy.

Three senior journalists will lead the co-ordination component of the project while we will consolidate our collaboration with Nigeria’s leading public health research institutions, media organizations and news agencies as a first step in constructive engagement of the media and institutions in science and public health journalism, health promotion and media support for science policy advocacy

Objectives

• Mentor two batches of 8 journalists through placement in science and health research institutions
• Generate public awareness, discourse and media support in science and public health research
• Advocate to media executives on science and public health research policy implications.
• Sensitize 30 NASJ members on science and public health research issues through two media forum and discourse with scientists.

The target audience for the project include:
• Science and health reporters in Print and electronic media institutions across Northern and Southern Nigeria
• scientists and health researchers
• Policy and decision makers
• General public


Program

Face-to-Face meeting.

Northern Zone:
Venue: Abuja
Date: Monday, Nov. 10 to Tuesday Nov. 11, 2008.
Place: Nelson Mandela Institute for Science and Technology, Embassy Zone, Abuja.

Programme of activity:

Day one:

Registration
Introduction of NASJ Internship programme
Overview of science journalism
A brief on WFSJ and introduction to on-line science Journalism course
Reporting Science
How to find science stories
Brief on tasks, expectations and rules
Details of attachment of reporters to research institutes.(National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Idu (NIPRD) and Sheda Science and Technology Complex (SHESTCO))

Day Two:

Field visits to NIPRD and SHESTCO to formalise, assigning and commencement of immersion programme.

Reporting Officers: Alex Abutu (NAN)/Chinyere Amarackhukwu (Vanguard)

Southern Zone:
Venue: Ibadan
Date: Monday, Nov. 24 to Tuesday Nov. 25, 2008.
Place: International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.

Programme Of Activity

Day One:

Registration
Introduction of NASJ Internship programme
Overview of science journalism
A brief on WFSJ introduction to online science journalism course
Reporting Science
How to find science stories
Briefs on tasks, expectations and rules
Details of attachment of reporters to research institutes (IITA and NABGE)

Day Two:

Field visits to IITA Laboratories and National Agency for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Ibadan to formalise, assigning and commencement of immersion programme.

Reporting Officers: Onche Odeh /Mike Simire