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Science journalism workshop

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A short of introduction of science journalism. This presentation was created with the purpose of encouraging school papers to have a regular science section and to train teachers on how to develop science journalists.

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Science journalism workshop

  1. 1. National Training of Trainers for Campus Journalism Science Writing (News, Feature & Editorial)
  2. 2. Julia Jasmine Sta Romana • Science and Technology/Lifestyle Contributor for GMA News Online • Freelance writer and virtual assistant • ICT Davao, member
  3. 3. Assessment • (please add image Jan =) )
  4. 4. What is science writing? Writing about scientific subject matter, often in a non-technical manner for an audience of non-scientists http://grammar.about.com/od/rs/g/Science-Writing-term.htm
  5. 5. Science News Basically news about science
  6. 6. Where can students get science news? • Science fair • School events • Local science community • Make the process of learning science newsworthy
  7. 7. Writing exercise Write a piece of science news based on what happened in your school
  8. 8. Science feature Human interest story that also looks into science
  9. 9. Write for your audience
  10. 10. Research, research, research
  11. 11. Simplify, but don’t dumb it down
  12. 12. Responsibilities of the editor • Stop/prevent plagiarism • Ensure that the story is comprehensible
  13. 13. What can student science journalists feature? • (jan, can you put in pictures of what kids are into nowadays?
  14. 14. Exercise • Write a science feature on something you or your students are naturally interested in.
  15. 15. Science Editorial • a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an opinion on a science issue
  16. 16. Science Editorials • Focus on the facts • Analysis of the issue must be based on scientific facts and following the scientific method • Assumptions raised must be based on solid logic and following the scientific method
  17. 17. What issues in your community are affected by science? • (jan, please put in images of weather, health, food, etc)
  18. 18. Exercise Write a science editorial
  19. 19. Bonus: Science Cartoon! Cartoons are a great way to make learning science fun!
  20. 20. Fun Exercise: 1 panel science comic based on geeky pick-up lines
  21. 21. Thank you for participating!
  22. 22. Resources • http://www.wfsj.org/course/index-e.html • http://boredomtherapy.com/nerd-science-jokes/ • http://xkcd.com/ • http://www.scidev.net/global/biotechnology/news/citizen-scientists-pitch-new-uses-for-paper-microscope.html • http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/401385/scitech/science/us-backed-uplb-graduate-program-focused-on-marine- biodiversity • http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/293017/scitech/science/food-for-thought-adobo-and-the-filipino-genome • http://mypocketshurt90.tumblr.com/post/27495622491/i-sent-this-paper-to-jk-rowling-explaining-how-the • http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/09/guardian-view-on-ebola-fighting-fear-as-well-as-infection • http://www.beatricebiologist.com/