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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.
Assess the current situation of their school papers in terms of science journalism (do they have regular science news and features? What challenges are they facing?) We will try to address these issues throughout the course
Still follows the same principles of journalism (5 ws), you still need good research practices (primary sources if possible)
School events (like Oltrap launch), local science community (DOST, DA, DENR, DOH)
If there’s no human factor, it’s not a science feature, it’s a science paper.
One common mistake of science journalists is when they drown their audience in technical jargon
Find primary, latest sources as much as possible. Look to both sides of the story
Bad analogy, comparing vaccines with small caliber bullets
Plagiarism (students will copy/paste from sources when they don’t understand the concepts, so encourage your students to ask until they understand)
Opinion must be substantiated by facts, science editorials allows your students to discuss issues in an educated manner
Science journalism workshop
National Training of Trainers
for Campus Journalism
Science Writing (News, Feature & Editorial)
Julia Jasmine Sta Romana
• Science and Technology/Lifestyle Contributor for GMA News Online
• Freelance writer and virtual assistant
• ICT Davao, member
Responsibilities of the editor
• Stop/prevent plagiarism
• Ensure that the story is comprehensible
What can student science journalists feature?
• (jan, can you put in pictures of what kids are into nowadays?
• Write a science feature on something you or your students are
naturally interested in.
• a newspaper article written by or on behalf of an editor that gives an
opinion on a science issue
• 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
What issues in your community are affected
• (jan, please put in images of weather, health, food, etc)