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12-16 December, 2011


The Association of Science Journalists and Communicators of Benin (AJCSB), with the support and collaboration of SciDev.Net (The Science and Development Network), is organizing a training seminar in science journalism called "Better Science Reporting," from 12 to 16 December 2011 in Cotonou, Benin.

This workshop is open to science journalists and other journalists working on topics related to science in West Africa.

Journalists working in radio, print, online and television media, as well as science communicators, from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo are invited to apply.

The costs of travel and accommodation will be paid for all participants.


Training Objectives:

The objective of the seminar is to strengthen the capacity of science journalists from francophone countries in West Africa by increasing their practical skills in writing about science, and creating a network with actors in the world of research and scientific communication.

It is also intended to deepen the knowledge of journalists about the challenges of science journalism in Francophone Africa.

In these ways, the seminar is intended to contribute to improve the reporting and scientific information in the region.

The training will address several aspects of science journalism, as well as the most widely-covered scientific fields in the Benin and West Africa.

By the end of the seminar, all participants will have increased their ability to:

• make science simple and relevant;

• choose their words based on their readership/audience;

• extend collaboration with scientists;

• improve their understanding of science;

• improve their writing on scientific subjects.

• produce articles with a regional or international dimension for media outlets

• take personal initiatives to promote science journalism in the media, or their country or sub-region

During the training, participants will visit research centers and laboratories and will be introduced to scientists and farmers involved in agricultural research and development.

This intensive course will enable students to improve their understanding of science for development, and their ability to communicate scientific and technical information to the general public in a balanced and interesting way.


Application requirements:

Participation in this seminar is open to all journalists working in media in francophone West Africa with experience of, or an interest in, writing about science.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.

If you are interested in this training, please complete the attached application form.

The selection of candidates will be based on relevant experience, and enthusiasm for science journalism and communication to a wide audience.

Accommodation, food and transportation costs will be provided for selected participants.

Please note: This is an intensive workshop, and will involve visits to farms and research centres. Participants will be asked to give a total commitment to the workshop during the week, and to ensure that they are not required to carry out work for their employer during that period.

If you are unwilling or unable to give this commitment, please do not apply.

The application form is available on the AJCSB website and on the SciDev.Net website: .

Completed application forms should be sent to .

The deadline for the receipt of applications is 15 October, 2011. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

For more information, please contact Mr. Christophe D. Assogba

(  / 229 97648206) or visit or ).













Formulation de candidature

Nom (tel qu’écrit sur votre passeport)





Date et lieu de naissance


Sexe (Masculin/Féminin)











Adresse E-mail.


Niveau de français


Nom du Media dans lequel vous travaillez.


Décrivez votre rôle/ travail et responsabilités au sein du média et depuis combien de temps vous travaillez en cette qualité.



Audience de votre Media.




Donnez des informations sur les formations en journalisme auxquelles vous avez (en science, par exemple) pris part.



Donnez votre niveau académique et les formations en science auxquelles vous avez pris part.


Dressez la liste de vos centres d’intérêt en reportage scientifique.


Détaillez vos forces et faiblesses en journalisme.


Dites-nous  (en 200 mots au maximum) comment cette formation peut vous aider dans votre travail



Quelles sont les compétences que vous désirez  particulièrement améliorer en décidant de suivre cette formation?





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