Weltkonferenz 2013 der Wissenschaftsjournalisten

Science meets Journalism
at WCSJ2013 in Helsinki

(Aufruf von Minttu Hilden,
Projektmanager für die Konferenz


TELI Session @ WCSJ 2013:


This session aims directly at the heart of the WCSJ motto “Critical Questioning in the Public sphere” as Science Debates are a solution for science journalists to perform better with their role in society.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (morning session)

Hanns-J. Neubert: The need to think anew in science journalism and experiences from the German Science Debate.
Priit Ennet: The Estonian Science Debate and the need to be international.
Shawn L. Otto: The idea of the first ever Science Debate, the tenets learned from two election campaigns, and the need to broaden globally.

Details here


TELI unterstützt Session zum Thema Datenjournalismus: Data explored — the code that underpins the future of journalism

Datenjournalismus oder wie der Code, die Zukunft des Journalismus prägt. Auf der World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki bietet die Podiumsdiskussion mit Workshop "Data explored – the code that underpins the future of journalism" Wissenschaftsjournalisten Fallstudien, Denkanstöße und Methoden für eigene Geschichten und jede Menge Handwerkszeug und Tools für den Start in den Datenjournalismus. Details zu den Referenten: http://wcsj2013.org/data-explored-code-underpins-future-journalism/

Fragen und Anregungen können während der von TELI und der South African Science Journalists' Association gemeinsam veranstalteten Paneldiskussion am 26.06.2013 von 14:00-15:30 Uhr via Twitter @WCSJ2013 eingebracht werden. Im Anschluss steht ein mit den lessons learned und vielen nützlichen Links, Tools und Tipps zum Download zur Verfügung.


Study trip to Estonia
after the WCSJ in Helsinki, 28-29 June

There are still six places available to a two-day post-WCSJ2013 study trip to the Estonian research centres in Tallinn and Tartu that the Estonian Association is organising together with the Estonian Research Council.

Here is some brief info on the WCSJ web site: http://wcsj2013.org/post-conference-exkursions/#6, and you can find a more detailed programme in the attached document. Feel free to send the information to your members -- and consider taking the trip yourself if you are planning to come to the WCSJ in Helsinki.

Technically, this is not an EUSJA study trip, so you can register to the trip as a part of the registration process on the WCSJ site: http://wcsj2013.org/registration/. I understand that one can also register to the trip after having registered to the conference, by writing to wcsj2013@confedent.fi.

Developing-world sessions purged from WCSJ2013 programme

The organising committee of the upcoming global gathering of science journalists has made sudden changes to the programme last month, cutting several sessions that focused on developing country issues and leaving journalists disappointed.

Those producing now-dropped sessions have been invited to instead take part in a single, general 'around the world' session, according to the organisers of the 2013 World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2013), which is being held in Helsinki, Finland, from 24–28 June.

Sessions on neglected diseases and African journalism are among six cut Several developing-world journalists may now be unable to attend Organisers blame a lack of cash to pay for speakers to attend, but say they are working on providing more funds Six sessions in total were cut despite being accepted and listed in the preliminary programme, which has now been taken off the event's website.

The sessions were axed because of a lack of funding needed to help pay for their producers and speakers to attend.

The cuts follow a change in the staffing of the conference organising committee, including the resignation of conference director Eeva Pitkälä, who presided over the initial programme's selection.

Pitkälä could not be reached for comments on the changes to the programme or the reasons for her resignation.

Bernard Appiah, a journalist from Ghana and a producer of a cut session on science journalism in Africa, was hoping to attend his first WCSJ, but his chances of doing so are now slim.

"Cutting the session entirely seems inappropriate, because it is now unlikely that any of the speakers will be able to attend the conference," Appiah says.

As well as two sessions exploring African and non-English speaking journalism, two sessions on neglected disease and tuberculosis reporting and two sessions on issues facing South America's science and media have also been cut.

"This would have been the very first time that Latin America's science journalism was going to be explored and exposed at the WCSJ," says Angela Posada-Swafford, a Colombian science journalist who was the producer of the cut session on science and science journalism in Latin America. "This is the only region that is historically a bit neglected in these conferences."

Posada-Swafford may still be able to attend, but most of the six panelists for her session will not. "We all depended on financial help to travel," she says.

Reetta Kettunen, vice-chair of the conference's organising committee,
says: "If no funding from WCSJ2013 is needed, then you may be certain that the sessions will be allocated time in the WCSJ2013 programme."

According to Kettunen, the programme will "evolve" until the end of April, with space for ad hoc sessions to be added later.

She adds that the two-hour 'around the world' session will have more impact than focused shorter sessions that would be competing for the same audience.

In recent years, up to half of WCSJ attendees have come from developing countries. Yesterday, the WCSJ2013 invited applications for travel scholarships for journalists from developing countries.

And Kettunen says that the conference team is working to acquire more sponsorships so that they can offer scholarships to those who cannot afford to come.

Disclaimer: SciDev.Net's news editor is a co-producer of one cut session.



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TELI-Höhepunkte der WCSJ 2013 Helsinki

Auf der Weltkonferenz der Wissenschaftsjournalisten war die TELI an fünf Veranstaltungen beteiligt. Hajo Neubert stellte die Wissenschaftsdebatte auf die Weltbühne. Wolfgang Goede organisierte ein Training für Wissenschaftsjournalisten. Wie schon auf früheren Veranstaltungen stellte er die vorliegenden Erkenntnuisse über die Geschichte des Wissenschafts- und Technik-Journalismus in der DDR und in Nazi-Deutschland vor. Außerdem berichtete er über eine Studienreise zum "Tigerstaat Estland" (siehe Links weiter unten). Dino Trescher organisierte ein Podium über Datenjournalismus. Darüber wird er auf diesen Seiten noch ausführlich berichten.


Demokratie und die Wissenslücke





More sessions with TELI contributions:

HORIZON 2020 – How Science Journalists Tie Into The New EU Strategy


Moderator: Barbara Drillsma, Freelancer & EUSJA President, London
Presenter: Menelaos Sotoriou, EUSJA Board Member & Journalistic Expert on EU Programmes, Athens
Debater: Martin Schneider, TV Science Programme Director SWR & Chairman of the German Science Journalists’ Association WPK, Baden-Baden
Producer: Wolfgang C. Goede, Freelancer & EUSJA Hon. Secretary, Munich

More details here


Science journalism in totalitarian countries: the impacts to a current time

Producer: Viola Egikova, science journalist, EUSJA Vice-President, President of Intellect (Russia)
Moderator: Istvan Palugyai, senior science journalist in the newspaper Nepszabadsag (Hungary).


Wolfgang Goede, science journalist, EUSJA Honorary secretary (Germany),
Dr. Blanka Jergovic, professor of the University of Zagreb, science journalist for Croatian Radio (Croatia).
Marina Huzvarova, editor-in-chief of Academic Bulletin (Czech Republic),
Viola Egikova, science journalist, EUSJA Vice-President, President of Intellect (Russia),
James Cornel, ISWA President (USA).

More details here


WCSJ2013 urged to find new funding model for critical journalism

Journalists could lose their values if funding is cut from investigative science journalism

Concrete solutions must be drawn up to overcome the challenge of funding public-interest and investigative science journalism, amid the crisis in traditional print media and a decline in the number of specialist science reporters, a meeting in London heard this week (23 April).

The meeting discussed key focus areas for the 8th World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ), taking place in Helsinki, Finland later this year (24—28 June).

There was strong consensus that creating plans to safeguard investigative journalism — often the first activity to be sacrificed as journalism's coffers dry up — in both developed and emerging economies should be a key priority in Helsinki.

Experts call for urgent need to back investigative science reporting ‘Maverick’ journalists could provide key to holding scientists to account The challenge is using new media without compromising traditional journalistic values BBC science correspondent Pallab Ghosh said the WCSJ conference should focus on the crisis in science journalism, which is particularly a problem for developed nations at present.

"I think we are all aware that it's something that affects Western nations more than emerging nations, where there are all sorts of new jobs in covering science and technology," he said.

















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