World Federation of
Science Journalists

Course in Science Journalism

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Welcome to the world’s first online course in science journalism, developed by the World Federation of Science Journalists in close cooperation with the Science and Development Network SciDev.Net. The course is ready for use by professional journalists, journalism students and teachers. Each course consist of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments.

This course does not require any prerequisites. It is ready to use by anybody interested in communicating science and technology. If you are launching your start-up, if you are a member of the public keen to participate in important societal debates, if you need to communicate and explain complicated issues that have a technical and scientific content, this course is for you.

In 10 lessons, experienced science journalists from all over the world share their secrets and best advice. If you want to pursue in science communication or science journalism, the better; these 10 lessons will also give you a head start.

The lessons cover major practical and conceptual issues in communicating science. They explain how to find and research a story, how to identify which expert is right, how to interview, how to write, and how to use social media.

Each lesson consists of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments. The lessons have been designed to be accessible on all electronic platforms: tablets (Galaxy, iPads, Kindle, Nook) and smart phones. You can also download the ''print version’.

Lesson 1 - Planning and structuring your work (by Jan Lublinski)
Lesson 2 - Finding and judging science stories (by Julie Clayton)
Lesson 3 - The interview (by Christina Scott)
Lesson 4 - Writing skills (by Nadia El-Awady)
Lesson 5 - What is Science? (by Gervais Mbarga and Jean-Marc Fleury)
Lesson 6 - Reporting scientific controversy (by Killugudi Jayaraman)
Lesson 7 - Reporting on Science policy (by Hepeng Jia and Richard Stone)
Lesson 8 - How to shoot science (by Šárka Speváková and Carolyn Robinson)
Lesson 9 - Understanding statistics (by Hans Van Maanen)
Lesson 10 - Social Media (by Lynne Smit)