The SjCOOP-project builds the capacity of science journalists in Africa and the Middle East. It establishes peer-to-peer mentoring-relationships and also supports new national and regional associations of science journalists. In its first phase, between 2006 and 2009, the project yielded numerous outcomes which indicate that a push in the professionalization of science journalism has been achieved. The evaluation of the second phase of SjCOOP now lays an additional focus: It aims at assessing the impact which specific articles or broadcasts may have on the public agenda and on governments’ decisions and policies.

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Impact on policy through science journalism–evaluating SjCOOP, a capacity building programme for journalists in Africa and the Middle East

Jean-Marc Fleury   World Federation of Science Journalists

Jan Lublinski   World Federation of Science Journalists

Gervais Mbarga   World Federation of Science Journalists

Michael Schanne   Institute of Applied Media Studies,Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Christoph Spurk   Institute of Applied Media Studies,Zurich University of Applied Sciences

The SjCOOP-project builds the capacity of science journalists in Africa and the Middle East. It establishes peer-to-peer mentoring-relationships and also supports new national and regional associations of science journalists. In its first phase, between 2006 and 2009, the project yielded numerous outcomes which indicate that a push in the professionalization of science journalism has been achieved. The evaluation of the second phase of SjCOOP now lays an additional focus: It aims at assessing the impact which specific articles or broadcasts may have on the public agenda and on governments’ decisions and policies.

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