UNU-INRA Call for Applications: Apply for Science Reporting Workshop for African Journalists

Deadline: 31 March 2017

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) and the United Nations University Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), in partnership with the UN Information Centre (UNIC), Accra, have announced a call for application for a Science Reporting Workshop, to be held on 6th -27th April, 2017 at UNU-INRA Office, 2nd Floor International House, University of Ghana Campus, Legon-Accra, Ghana.

The workshop aims to help bridge the gap between science communications and science journalism. It seeks to help people working in research, government and media to learn from each other, amid a global culture where ‘dumbing down’ is becoming the norm.

This will be a two-day training workshop, focusing on science communications and science journalism. The first day for science communications and the second day for science journalism, with focus on environmental journalism. The programme will be built on sharing good practice in science reporting: from writing to pitching to presenting to monitoring. This means turning theory into practice in interactive sessions, tailoring content for different groups, and then swapping roles.  There will be plenary sessions for journalists, scientists and communication specialists, with the aim of gathering different perspectives from key actors – to clarify the challenges and identify potential synergies for science reporting.

Eligibility Criteria

The workshop is targeting science journalists, researchers and communications staff in Ghana and neighbouring African countries.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an attached application form together with curriculum Vitae (CV) via email.

Eligible Countries: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Cote d’Ivorie, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit Science Reporting Workshop.

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