World Federation of
Science Journalists

Research Caribbean editor needed

Science editor wanted to launch a weekly English-language email newsletter on science, technology and research covering the Caribbean, with a strong focus on university scholarship in peer-reviewed journals, in a two-year project funded by the African, Caribbean and Pacific States programme of the European Union, one of the world's leading sources of science research funds. The project aims to break down the isolation experienced by researchers in the developing world, who seldom have the benefit of media training, proactive public relations departments or strong Internet presences, and encourage links both between researchers within the region as well as closer relationships between Caribbean researchers and their counterparts in the developed world, by highlighting the variety of research done and providing contact information about the researchers. The newsletter would include breaking stories, analysis, news about conferences, publications in regional and international journals, research projects, jobs and upcoming events, with links to accurate local and regional media coverage where available.

The job is a part-time post and the successful applicant would have to write his/her own stories as well as commission articles from others and edit the final product. The focus is on providing a detailed and balanced look at what is being done - and who is doing the research - in universities and research institutions across the Caribbean, with a strong interest in research which offers solutions to the development needs of the region.
Applicants should be based in the Caribbean region and must have their own computer and internet access. A science journalism background and experience with deadlines is a requirement. A science degree is helpful but not mandatory.

The newsletter will be the latest online publication from the ResearchResearch, the world's leading source of research funding opportunities and analysis in the developed and the developing world, and follows on the success of the South African office, which produces Research Africa, a subscribers-only email newsletter, website and twitter account twice a week on the science and technology landscape across Africa for leading academic institutions, forward-thinking government departments and international non-profit research organisations. Research Africa's senior journalist is Deborah-Fay Ndhlovu, the Zimbabwean-born journalist who has just been selected for mentoring in the WFSJ Science Journalism Cooperation (SjCOOP) programme.

The first Caribbean newsletter is due for October and the deadline for applying is August 10. Successful applicants would start in September/October. For more information on ResearchResearch.com, started by former Nature journalist William Cullerne Bown, go to www.researchresearch.com. Applicants can email their curriculum vitae or resume, including their current employment, with three contactable references and copies of three recent science or research stories to cs@research-africa.net.