DONATION CAMPAIGN TO BRING GLOBAL SCIENCE JOURNALISTS TO THE WORLD CONFERENCE OF SCIENCE JOURNALISTS Travel Fellowships Honor Journalist David Perlman
Science writers from the United States have started a special individual donation campaign to bring their international colleagues to San Francisco for the 10th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2017).
The donations will fund travel fellowships named in honor of San Francisco Chronicle Science Editor David Perlman, one of America’s most revered science journalists and surely the longest-serving member of the trade. A mentor to generations of science writers, Perlman has been a globetrotting newspaper reporter for nearly 75 years. Read a more detailed biography on Mr. Perlman's career in science journalism here.
Donate online to the Perlman travel fellowships here.
SURVEY ON EBOLA COMMUNICATIONS CRISIS Journalists, healthcare practitioners, NGOs,...
Give us your opinion on the handling of the recent Ebola communications crisis. The 15 minutes survey in French or English addresses journalists, communicators, healthcare practitioners, NGOs and all other stakeholders involved in the 2014 Ebola (EVD) epidemic in West Africa.
The EVD epidemic is believed to have begun in December 2013 and affected West African countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. However, the outbreak was not just a health crisis. It was also an information crisis. Therefore, your views on the communication during the outbreak are all the more important to future practice.
We would like to hear your opinions on the different topics raised in the survey. There are no right or wrong answers. You may not want to answer all of the questions, and that is perfectly fine.
Access the Ebola Survey in English & French here. Your responses are confidential, and your contact details will be protected and not shared with any third parties.
DIGITAL PLATFORM FOR HEALTH JOURNALISTS Increasing Accessibility of Knowledge & Evidence for Sub-Saharan Journalists
For the past 2 years, the WFSJ has been developing scalable capacity strengthening of journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa covering health topics.
To date the media in the Global South face a variety of individual and institutional barriers that prevent them from effectively accessing, appraising and translating evidence to the public. To address some of these shortcomings the WFSJ has decided to build adigital web/app-based platform – that will increase the accessibility and uptake of knowledge and evidence.
The platform will be structured as a virtual meeting room, and will enable journalists to connect with experts and vice versa through the communications officers of the universities/institutions with whom experts are affiliated. It will enhance the range of sources journalists can access, when covering science, health, agriculture, environment stories. Continue readinghere.
The guest editor experiment proved to be a success. The Twitter for a Week project will therefore be expanded as of February 2017. It will allow other Member Associations to communicate on their activities and science stories happening in their country and region. The communication project is a way to expand and transcend the great work done in the national networks. And an opportunity to inform and exchange with the 52-fellow national and regional Member Associations, and many others, on what it is like to be a science journalist and communicator in another part of the world.
Member Associations interested in becoming guest editors can send an email to Eric Lauwers via firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning the week that your association would be available to guest edit our account (i.e. Monday, February 6 to Sunday, February 12).
BID FOR THE 11th WORLD CONFERENCE OF SCIENCE JOURNALISTS (WCSJ2019) Key Dates in the Bidding Process
All Member Associations can bid to organize a World Conference, one of the main activities of the WFSJ and the biggest global event on science journalism.
The conference gathers approximately 1,200+ journalists covering science, technology and medical issues, as well as international experts, scientists, communicators, etc. Though it is extremely challenging to host the World Conference of Science Journalists, it is also extremely rewarding and a unique opportunity for a local association to raise its profile, recruit members, energize its directors and members.
Key dates in the WCSJ2019 bidding process:
Candidates submit letter of intent in writing and a bid outlineby Friday, February 24, 2017.
WFSJ provides feedback and recommendationsto potential bidders by Friday, March 31, 2017.
Candidates submit final bids to the WFSJ by email and 7 hard copies by ordinary mail by Friday, July 28, 2017.
Special bidding presentation organized on Thursday, October 26, 2017at WCSJ2017 in the presence of the WFSJ Board and the conference delegates.
The WFSJBoardannouncesduring WCSJ2017 the successful bid to host the 11th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019).
Download the conference manual and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here.
Contact the WFSJif you have any further questions regarding the bidding process.
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