Bootcamp for journalists on bridging science, journalism and communities for Action on COVID-19
In 2022, MESHA, with support from AVAC https://www.avac.org/ , will hold a boot camp for journalists on bridging science, journalism and communities for Action on COVID-19.
Contribute to preventing the transmission of the new COVID-19 and mitigate its impact on health
systems, communities, families, and individuals.
Encourage people to adhere to public health recommendations regarding prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and other emerging zoonotic diseases and prevent societal panic
To enable people to make informed decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities
and to mitigate the impacts of misinformation, disinformation, and rumor.
1. Scientists will communicate better with journalists.
2. Journalists will write right impactful and accurate stories
3. Communities will make better decisions and take better actions
4. The bootcamp
- To equip young health journalists with the main elements of selected topic areas
- Expose upcoming journalists to writing opportunities that are generally available in health journalism
- Introduce the participants to some of the contacts available for the various topic areas
- A critical mass of informed young health journalists
An increased range of contacts for journalists
Increased number and quality of science stories
The three-day-long boot camps provide a very good chance of interesting and exposing the participants to opportunities available in science and science journalism while giving them a practical experience of how stories are compiled with the help of experienced science journalists who shall be present.