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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?

On the 20th of February 2010, the World Federation of Science Journalists launched SjCOOP, the most demanding training scheme in science journalism ever implemented.

SjCOOP phase I Mentees,  Doha Qatar, February 2008
From September 2010 to September 2012, SjCOOP participants will be challenged with an ordeal of tutoring, mentoring, training, internships, reporting, and meetings.

During its first phase, from 2006 to 2009, some 81 journalists entered the SjCOOP program. All of them benefited to some extent, but only 32 made it all the way to full graduation. Survivors were rewarded with international freelancing opportunities, awards, travel opportunities, and promotions.

This second phase of SjCOOP will aim at training 60 journalists (mentees) from Africa and the Arab world. These journalists will have the opportunity to develop their skills in the reporting of the scientific and technological dimensions of crucial issues in health, environment, agriculture and science and technology in general. Training will be offered in Arabic, English and French.

SjCOOP is played by two teams: mentees twinned with mentors.

During the first five months, mentees will walk with their mentors through the Federation’s online course in science journalism. This distance tutoring is followed by another five months of mentoring which then looks at all aspects of the science journalism profession, from basic writing skills to career development.

After ten months of tutoring and mentoring, mentees then take the initiative. They will undertake a full year of science reporting, with ever increasing level of difficulties, all the way to investigative science reporting and coordinated reporting with colleagues from other countries on transborders issues.

Throughout the ordeal, mentees will have opportunities to meet their mentors face to face four times during specific workshops and conferences for science journalists. SjCOOP will also support internships for mentees, as much as possible, in the media of their mentors.

Several evaluations will provide reality checks on the progress of each mentee as a professional science journalist.

Selected mentees will be announced at the beginning of June 2010.
The World Federation of Science Journalists is implementing SjCOOP as a unique opportunity for journalists in Africa and in the Arab World to become skilled at covering demanding scientific and technological issues.

Successful SjCOOP graduates will be rewarded with an international network of contacts including freelancing opportunities. They will also be supported to establish and grow their own national and regional associations.

If you think you have what it takes to become a SjCOOP mentees, read “Mentee in Science Journalism” which gives more details on the mentee’s tasks and required qualifications and fill-in the electronic form.

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(note: this news was edited on April 24, 2010)




Comments
opion on SJCOOP
posted on July 4, 2011 by  Belgees Othman Fagier
it is very pleasur to me join and participate SJCOOP. i am a journalist translator in Sudan newes Agency. my job is to write and translate reports in two languages Arabic and English. i interested more with the scientific, social, environment and technolgy issues. i fell but sure that contact with SJCOOP will promote my skills in writing and increase my information in these fields. plus accept me as a member , as I hope to gain more information about the steps of participating.
posted on June 23, 2010 by  mary lum azongha
Hi good day sorry i got this information late but i just want to express my wish to be a SJCOOP mentee so looking forward to hear from you.
مهنة الصحافة
posted on April 23, 2010 by  shakir
من الجميل انك تريد المهنة ولكنها ليست ككل المهنة مهنة المتعاب التي ترافقك طوال حياتك كل الاشياء التي في متناول ايدينا نحن صحفيوا العراق صعبة ففي لا حضات تتغير الاخبار وفي لحضات تفقد الاصدقاء وفي لحضات تملك الامل الذي لن تحافض عليه في بلد تشفق على الصحفي فيه وسط معوقات كبيرة اتمنى لهذا السبب المشاركة معكم
كيف يتمّ الاختيار في المرحلة الأولى
posted on April 22, 2010 by  Raoudha SELMI from Tunisia
مرحبا، شكرا على هذه الفسحة من الأمل في تطوير واقع الصحافة العلمية في العالم العربي، ولدي تساؤل بسيط عن كيفية الانتقاء في المرحلة الأولى، هل ستكون سنوات الخبرة هي الفيصل، أم السنّ، أم الجنسية أو اللغة، أم طاقة الاستيعاب، أم الرغبة الملحّة في متابعة هذا التكوين، أو توفّر الربط بالانترنات، أم السرعة في إرسال طلب الانتساب... أحتاج للاجابة لأن رئيسي المباشر في العمل لم يوقّع بالموافقة على طلبي أنا وزميلي في الانتساب إلى هذه الدورة إلا يوم 21 أفريل 2010، فهل يكون قد فوّت على فرصة مواكبة هذه الدورة، أم يتحتّم علي أن أرسل الطلب أكثر من مرّة حتى أضاعف فرصي في أن يقع علي الاختيار.. انها حيرة مشروعة لمن يرى أن هذه الفرصة لا يمكن أن تتكرّر مرّة أخرى، وفي بلد يفتقر إلى هياكل مختصة في الصحافة العلمية، ويرغب في نفس الوقت أن يبسّط المعارف والعلوم لكافة شرائح المجتمع.. مع الشكر والتحية. روضة السالمي، مستشارة صحفية بمدينة العلوم بتونس
Your questions
posted on April 21, 2010 by  Olfa
Dear friends journalists,

Here are the responses to your last questions:
You editor could also be your reference but it is better to have different persons.
If you are a french speaking journalist there is no need to translate your application, just fill-in the form in french. The same thing could be done for the arab speaking journalists who could fill-in the form in arabic.

Looking forward receiving your applications

Olfa
PM, SjCOOP
posted on April 21, 2010 by  SALOUKA
Hi,
I'am frnch speaker. Is it possible for me to submit my application in french or i have to translate it in english. Thank you to answer me.
Details on references and editor
posted on April 20, 2010 by  Faranaaz Parker
Hi,

Can the information in the Editor field and the Reference 1 or 2 field belong to the same person? Or must the references be separate from the editor mentioned earlier in the form?

Thanks,
F
I LIKE IT
posted on April 15, 2010 by  Bala Muhammad Makosa
I 'm very much interessted to participate in this course. I'll thus fill the online appllication form.
Regards
special thanks
posted on April 13, 2010 by  Abdulrahman M. Abotalib
Dear Augustin,

thank you very much for explaining.
best regards.

Abdulrahman
Application confirmation
posted on April 13, 2010 by  Augustin Denis
M.Abdulrahman,

Thanks for your comment. There are no such thing as dummy questions. when you fill the form, and press the button submit, the following page is a confirmation page. The system is not suppose to send you a confirmation email.

I checked and we have an application with your name. So don't worry about this.

Regards

Augustin Denis
-wfsj
Answer: to Saad
posted on April 13, 2010 by  Olfa Labassi
Mentees will interact on a regular basis (weekly) with their mentors over the two-year period through email, telephone, and discussion groups. They also will meet their mentors at least once each year in a face-to-face workshop.
The training will include editorial commenting up to advice on how to manage editors. Mentees will be taught the latest techniques in science reporting, and will have the opportunity to interact with some of the top science journalists in the World.

Olfa
SjCOOP, Project Manager
Confirmation Email
posted on April 12, 2010 by  Abdulrahman M. Abotalib
Dear Olfa Labassi,

I'm already registered and did fill the online application form, but I think that you using a wizard tool "one of Google services" to receive, store and classify the applicant's information.

therefore there is no confirmation email or given ID number to prove that the application form filling process completed successfully.

So, my question is How I can know If I was applied correctly or not? I don't want lose my opportunity as a result of dummy technical problem.

thank you for everything.
posted on April 12, 2010 by  saad
could you please clirfiy is the training will be online and what is the outline of the training. its not clear how mentee will contact the mentor.Is it weekly or monthely ?
posted on April 12, 2010 by  Olfa Labassi
Dear friend journalist,

During the last few weeks, we have received many enquiries about how to submit your scanned articles and the other required documents.

We want to reassure you that during the first selection step, there is no need to send these documents.
If you are selected for the second step, the WFSJ staff will contact you via email to send the following documents:
-Resume
-Recommendation letter from your editor or the organization where you published as a freelance (recommendation must include the editor email address and phone number);
-One page text explaining why you should be selected for mentoring: how will it improve your skills, what will you do with the new skills, why are you a good investment for the time of a mentor and the SjCOOP resources, career plans, and why is it important for you;
-The 3 scanned articles, radio or TV tapes, or scripts on science-related topics mentioned in your application form;
-A paragraph on the best one of the three stories mentioned above explaining why you think that article or program is your best;
-The scanned key pages of your valid passport.

Thanks for your interest to the SjCOOP mentoring project and looking forward receiving your applications.

Olfa Labassi
SjCOOP Project Manager
question and proposal
posted on April 10, 2010 by  Oswald Mutuyeyezu
With regard of three sample of the work, will it be necesarry to scan it and attach it if it is an online article?

I think one can give you the URL link only.

Thank you!
dying to be part of mentee
posted on April 5, 2010 by  Violet
When I first heard of the sjcoop science training, I immediatelt got in touch with the manager but did not receive a reply, this did not however shut my dreams of attaining a training in science. This is the only chance I have, i will embrace it dearly if the opportunity is given to me.
I have already filled the form and awaits to hear from the WFSJ
Thanks for the opportunity
posted on March 13, 2010 by  Stanslous Ngosa
Timely training for developing like Zambia where journalists need to understand and appreciate precision journalism.
Information
posted on March 12, 2010 by  Olfa Labassi
Dear journalists,

If you are interested to join the program, please read carefully the Mentee required criteria at: http://www.wfsj.org/sjcoop/page.php?id=208 and then fill-in the electronic form at: http://www.wfsj.org/sjcoop/page.php?id=207
And do not forget, the deadline is April 24th.

Looking forward receiving your applications!

Olfa Labassi
SjCOOP Project Manager
Answer: interest
posted on March 12, 2010 by  Olfa Labassi
To have your candidacy taken into consideration you must have at least three years of experience as a practicing journalist. Background in science journalism is not mandatory but it will be considered as an asset.

For more details about the other requirements to be a part of this program, please see the following link: http://www.wfsj.org/sjcoop/page.php?id=208.

Olfa Labassi
SjCOOP Project Manager
Information
posted on March 11, 2010 by  Tariku Hailu
I want to participate in your programme,how i can do this like how i can apply,how send or attach my documents?
SjCOOP Mentee
posted on March 11, 2010 by  Kalala Karumba Aaron
Hi Journalists,
Thank you for this opportunity.
I will be happy to participate to SjCOOP. I beleive it will help to improve my job.
Best
Aaron
posted on March 11, 2010 by  Ndjabun Irène Sidonie
This programme interests me especially since I am a health journalist, and have been a member of the association of science journalist of mu country before disruption takes place in the group.


I would like to participate to enhanc the training that I had already begun within the association.

I am writing you hoping to be part of next Jscoop

Interest
posted on March 10, 2010 by  Sydney Katunga Phiri
I would seriously like to be a SjCOOP mentee. I don't have a science reporting background per se but I took part in one of the basic science reporting training by Wren Media in Mombasa. The training opened my eyes and grew my interest to pursue such reporting and I feel this is my opportunity.

Looking forward to hearing from you.
More details about the selection process
posted on March 8, 2010 by  Olfa Labassi
Dear friend journalist,

During the last few days, we have received some enquiries about the mentees application process and here are some details:

The selection process has two steps. If you are selected for the second step, the WFSJ staff will contact you via email to send the following documents:
-Resume
-Recommendation letter from your editor or the organization where you published as a freelance (recommendation must include the editor email address and phone number);
-One page text explaining why you should be selected for mentoring: how will it improve your skills, what will you do with the new skills, why are you a good investment for the time of a mentor and the SjCOOP resources, career plans, and why is it important for you;
-The 3 scanned articles, radio or TV tapes, or scripts on science-related topics mentioned in your application form;
-A paragraph on the best one of the three stories mentioned above explaining why you think that article or program is your best;
-The scanned key pages of your valid passport.

Thanks for your interest to the SjCOOP mentoring project.

Olfa Labassi
SjCOOP Project Manager
Answer: admiration & question
posted on March 6, 2010 by  Augustin Denis
When the first selection step (the form) will be over, we will contact selected journalists and ask them to send us the required documents. Just fill the form for now.

Augustin Denis
-WFSJ
admiration & question
posted on March 6, 2010 by  Abdulrahman Abotalib
Thanks for this opportunity.
I appreciate your effort to qualify the scientific journalists in the third worlds as I see especially the beginners of them.
I'm a member in ASJA and I hope to be a SjCOOP mentee, I'll fill the Mentee Application Form but I want to ask about the required documents, How we can attach them? Is there any email or contact information to send these docs?

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