DEADLINE: AUGUST 19, 2019
The African Science Literacy Network aim to introduce scientists and journalists to different methods of engaging a wider audience with science as well as to pair scientists and journalists to support more accurate science communication to the general population.
This will be an intensive 2-day workshop which will have morning afternoon and evening sessions (9am-9pm) during which the following will be explored:
- Science reporting in the media
- Identifying methods for engagement
- Identifying experts for science related publications
- Promoting scientific research to the public
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
- Open to all Nigerian scientists engaged in health research.
- Open to all Nigerian journalists covering science (writing, editing or commissioning stories).
- Applicants have to demonstrate how the workshop fits their career plans.
WHAT WILL PARTICIPANTS LEARN?
- Principles, methodology and evaluation practices of engaging the public with research through outreach activities, print media or digital content for TV, online or social media.
- Methods of simplifying and selling research and making it appealing to the public.
- How best to represent science stories in the media and the most cost-effective approaches to communicate research outputs for online and print media.
WHAT WE WILL COVER FOR PARTICIPANTS?
- Attendance is free.
- We will cover your travel expenses to the venue.
- We will cover the cost of your accommodation for the workshop duration.
- Meals will be provided.
- Financial support post-workshop for producing up to three health science stories.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WORKSHOP?
- The trained scientists and journalists will be added to a database of Nigerian scientists and science journalists hosted by Science Communication Hub Nigeria.
- After the workshop, scientists and journalists will be paired, asked to submit a science communication project, which will be funded.
- Each scientist-journalist pair will be expected to produce 3 pieces of media content (online, radio, TV or newspaper channels for Nigerian and/or international audience) about the health research happening in their local region.
- These pieces will be entered into a competition, and the best three will be selected and published in the UK media in collaboration with the Crick Institute and University of Sussex’s publicity team.
- Participants will receive mentorship to carry out their projects.
Phase 1 (29th July – 19th August)
Phase 2 (8th – 11th September)
8th September: Arrival
10th – 11th September: Workshop (9am-9pm)
11th September: Depart
Phase 3 (11th September 2019 – 10th September 2020)
Publications by scientist-journalist pairs.