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The usefulness of science journalists in Africa: weather forecasting in Cameroon
June 7, 2013 posted in SjCOOP 365 comments >>
In March 2012, Cameroonian science journalist Adrienne Engono explained in her newspaper how the absence of weather forecasting was threatening the crops of farmers. Today, weather forecasting is re-established in Cameroon.

Divine Junior Ntaryike, a colleague journalist, has produced a short video that captures how Ms. Engono’s journalism made a difference for African farmers.
SJCOOP mentee graduates with honours, and a new pair of shoes...
January 16, 2013 posted in SjCOOP
“Awesome and enriching,” those are the words Rosalia Omungo uses to describe her experience as an SJCOOP mentee. Involved in the program between 2010 and 2012, she graduated in October 2012 in Amman, Jordan. Omungo was paired with Martin Enserink, editor of Science Magazine, “a mentor who was keen on detail,” commented Omungo. “He edited my stories word for word within the shortest time possible, depending on my deadline.” Enserink was particularly a good pairing for Omungo considering he edits print and online stories.
WFSJ graduates 58 African and Arab Science Journalists
October 15, 2012 posted in SjCOOP
Fifty-eight journalists from 30 African and Arab countries graduated from the SjCOOP Program of the World Federation of Science Journalists, Wednesday 10th October 2012, in Jordan.
How Violet Otindo’s TV story made a difference
December 22, 2011 posted in SjCOOP
At the beginning of the year, on 25 February 2011, Violet Otindo, a reporter and producer at Kenyan television (channel K24), revealed a shortage of free condoms in northern Kenya. Her story triggered a huge media echo, a news conference by the Health Minister, national and international media attention, an intense public debate, all the way to a debate in Parliament. Violet Otindo is a mentee in the SjCOOP project and the external evaluators monitoring the impact of mentees’ stories have documented how a Kenyan journalist can make a difference.
SjCOOP: mentees freelance internationally and win awards
November 25, 2010 posted in SjCOOP 2 comments >>
Journalists mentored in the SjCOOP project of the World Federation of Science Journalists hope to freelance internationally. It is one goal of the project. Usually, it happens only halfway in the two years of mentoring, which started last September.
SjCOOP on a roll
November 4, 2010 posted in SjCOOP 3 comments >>
The SjCOOP project of the World Federation of Science Journalists is now in full activity. During September 2010, more than a hundred science journalists from across Africa and the Arab World participated in a first series of three workshops in Abuja (Nigeria), Bamako (Mali) and Beirut (Lebanon).
Netherlands supports WFSJ SjCOOP Project
October 25, 2010 posted in SjCOOP
(Gatineau – Canada – 25 October 2010) --- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands has approved a contribution of $ 677,891 Canadian dollars to the second phase of the World Federation of Science Journalists’ flagship project SjCOOP.
Mentors get ready for SjCOOP, phase two, in Torino workshop
July 12, 2010 posted in SjCOOP
Gervais Mbarga teaches communications and journalism at Université de Moncton in Canada and recently found himself heading up a team of “mentors.” These experienced science journalists will help general-assignment journalists in Africa, and the Middle East become better able to report on science.
Science Journalism’s Dream Team
March 24, 2010 posted in SjCOOP
The World Federation of Science Journalists is extremely proud to present the international team of mentors that will lead the second phase of its flagship project, SjCOOP.
Do you want to be a SjCOOP mentee?
March 5, 2010 posted in SjCOOP 26 comments >>
Do you want to be a part of the toughest and most demanding (and rewarding) science journalism training program ever?
Xtreme Training in Science Journalism in Africa and in the Arab World
February 16, 2010 posted in SjCOOP 2 comments >>
(WFSJ) – On Saturday 20th February 2010, in San Diego (California), Ms. Nadia El-Awady, President of the World Federation of Science Journalists, officially launched SjCOOP, a $4.3 million (Canadian) mentoring project aimed at raising journalists that can efficiently cover health, environment, agriculture, science and technology in Africa and the Middle East.
WFSJ mentor wins the Earth Journalism Award
November 25, 2009 posted in SjCOOP
Raghida Haddad, executive editor of Al-Bia Wal-Tanmia magazine and mentor with the WFSJ peer-to-peer program, was among the winners of the Earth Journalism Award.
Mentee Mabutho moves from Radio to national TV anchor
October 6, 2008 posted in SjCOOP 1 comment >>
South Africa’s has launched Zulu and Sotho eNews bulletins at 6pm with SjCOOP Mentee Mabutho Ngcobo as anchor for the Zulu segment. The move is a key transition for Mabutho who started his journalism career in community radio in KwaZulu-Natal and went on to work for media giants Amarc Africa radio, Cape Talk and Kaya fm.
Kimani Chege: Amidst confusion is excitement
September 15, 2008 posted in SjCOOP 1 comment >>
SjCOOP Mentee Kimani Chege from Kenya chronicles his rise in science journalism as a Knight Fellow at MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA Taking up a nine month-long science journalism fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA this month is confusing and exciting.
Iraqi science journalism: against all odds
March 6, 2008 posted in SjCOOP 1 comment >>
They are the three musketeers: Haider Najm, Hadi Alusamy and Kawthar Zubayde, a trio of science journalists from Baghdad, a city where both scientists and journalists share a particular threat: assassination by shadowy gunmen trapped in an endless cycle of revenge and retribution. And that's in addition to the power cuts, the lack of running water, the effort that something like grocery shopping requires, the constant fears for friends and family. Still, deadlines must be met!
Science Journalism meets Science in Qatar
January 21, 2008 posted in SjCOOP
More than 75 science journalists are meeting in Doha, Qatar 3 - 9 February 2008 in continuation of a landmark program of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ). "Science Journalism meets Science in Qatar" is a partnership of the Aljazeera Network and Qatar Foundation with the World Federation of Science Journalists.
WFSJ matchmakes scientists and journalists on Skype
January 11, 2008 posted in SjCOOP 1 comment >>
Science Journalist Christina Scott, from South Africa, describes how Senegalese Science Journalist Armand Faye and herself are using Skype to hold news conferences and training within the context of the SjCOOP mentoring project of the World Federation of Science Journalists
WFSJ Mentee shot at in Kinshasa
June 22, 2007 posted in SjCOOP 4 comments >>
Journalist Anne-Marie Kalanga and her young brother shot in the legs.
by David Ilunga and Christina Scott
(Kinshasa) – The journalist and presenter of TV program ‘Karibu Environnement’ -- aired on public national Congolese RTNC (Radio Télévision Nationale Congolaise) --, and mentee in the WFSJ mentoring program, Anne-Marie Kalanga, and her young brother Papy Kabemba, have been attacked by three armed men at their home in the Binza Delvaux area of Kinshasa, during the night of Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 June 2007.
WFSJ's Mentees Attend AIDS Forum in Paris
April 5, 2007 posted in SjCOOP
By V. Morin
Mentees of SjCOOP, the PtoP mentoring program of the World Federation of Science(WFSJ) journalists, attended a two-day forum to brush up on their knowledge of AIDS. The event was organized by the ANRS, l'Agence nationale de recherches sur le Sida et les hépatites virales, and was held in Paris.
WFSJ mentees and mentors tot up frequent flier miles
January 25, 2007 posted in SjCOOP
Nairobi airport in east Africa seems to be a favourite meeting place for WFSJ people, perhaps because the coffee at the airport's Java House outletis not just excellent, but can be paid for in a variety of currencies!
WFSJ trio at African Science Communication Conference
December 26, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
WFSJ was present at the African Science Communication Conference, held early December 2006 in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. Diran Onifade (Nigeria), and Dr Gervais Mbarga (Cameroon) are the two coordinators for Africa of the WFSJ peer-to-peer mentoring programme while Christina Scott (South Africa) is a mentor.
WFSJ Mentees meet their mentors in Nairobi
November 21, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
Journalists participating in the mentoring program of the World Federation of Science Journalists met their mentors in Nairobi (Kenya), 4 to 10 November 2006. The first face-to-face meeting between the 60 journalists from Africa and the Middle East and their 15 mentors was held in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi.
Nature highlights WFSF mentoring program
October 3, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
Nature highlights mentoring program of WFSJ in its 28 September 2006 edition. In a two-page article on science journalism in the developing world, Mike Shanahan quotes several science journalists from Africa, Asia and Latiin America.
60 Journalists in WFSJ Mentoring Program
August 31, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
Journalists join hands to cover science in Africa and the Middle East - Like the scientists they write about, science writers share a special bond that allows them to transcend differences in language, politics and country of origin. But until recently, this special fellowship was closed to all but a few journalists in the world's most resource-poor nations.
WFSJ brings 78 science journalists to Nairobi
August 31, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
(WFSJ 27 October 2006) Nairobi will host 78 science journalists from 39 countries 4 - 10 November 2006 to participate in a program for journalists from Africa and the Middle East managed by the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ).
Deadline for African and Middle East science reporters
July 19, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
NEWS RELEASE - Deadlines loom for African and Middle East science reporters
Munich 19 July 2006 - Science journalists from Africa and the Middle East including health, environmental, technology and medical reporters - have only a few days left in which to enrol in an innovative skills-building scheme.
WFSJ launches project in Africa & Middle East
February 19, 2006 posted in SjCOOP
NEWS RELEASE - African, Arab science journalists link with colleagues - (St. Louis, USA, 19 February 2006) Science journalists from Africa and the Middle East will partner with Northern and other Southern journalists in an international peer-to-peer network, the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) announced at the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in St. Louis today.