The Issue: Science has not been a very popular subject in the mass media but it is still regarded as important by the mass media in much of the advanced world. In Africa, and sadly so, it hardly has a place. While majority of the media rarely reports science local or global, most of those who do only cut and paste third party news and features from foreign papers and websites. Original reporting is glaringly missing. Local scientists suffer while the gap created is easily filled by sensational stories of pseudo-scientific claims and other hoaxes. True as it is that science journalists alone cannot account for robust science communication, the mass media is a critical success factor. That is why it is extremely important to build the missing capacities and networks that are necessary in mainstreaming science in the mass media. I will be interested in sharing my experiences which span mentoring, training and network building in aid of science journalism across Africa hoping to gain new perspectives and relationships.

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Building networks better science journalism in Africa

Diran Onifade   Nigerian Television Authority

The Issue: Science has not been a very popular subject in the mass media but it is still regarded as important by the mass media in much of the advanced world. In Africa, and sadly so, it hardly has a place. While majority of the media rarely reports science local or global, most of those who do only cut and paste third party news and features from foreign papers and websites. Original reporting is glaringly missing. Local scientists suffer while the gap created is easily filled by sensational stories of pseudo-scientific claims and other hoaxes. True as it is that science journalists alone cannot account for robust science communication, the mass media is a critical success factor. That is why it is extremely important to build the missing capacities and networks that are necessary in mainstreaming science in the mass media. I will be interested in sharing my experiences which span mentoring, training and network building in aid of science journalism across Africa hoping to gain new perspectives and relationships.

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