World Federation of
Science Journalists

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).

Science and technology pose particular challenges to journalists and media. Local scientists have important knowledge to share but are often reluctant to talk to the media. The World Federation of Science Journalists is twinning aspiring science journalists with experienced science journalists who will act as mentors during two years. The aim is to make it easier for journalists to interact with scientists and help them becoming recognized as professionals in reporting on scientific and technical issues.

Nairobi is the first opportunity for the 60 journalists from all over Africa and the Middle East to meet their mentors who come from Kenya, Cameroon, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, the UK and the USA.

During their stay, the science journalists will discuss the challenges of covering scientific and technical issues in Africa and the Middle East. They will test the first lessons of an online course in science journalism. The journalists will explore how they can establish associations that will support them in their work and reinforce collaboration. They will also meet with local scientists and visit Kenyan research facilities.

The Nairobi meeting is the first meeting between the participants in this ambitious two-year program for journalists who take on the challenge of bringing local expertise in the public debate. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Nairobi 6 - 17 November.

The World Federation of Science Journalist in a non-governmental association of 30 associations of science journalists from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Visit: www.wfsj.org

For more information, contact Otula Owuor: ootulah@yahoo.com or
Jean-Marc Fleury: jmfleury@wfsj.org

File : News Release 27oct.doc


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