Apply for Science Communication and Journalism Workshop

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.

PROGRAMME

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.

TIMELINE

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.

APPLY HERE

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