December 2018 – In order to address some of the challenges around science in the newsroom, WAN-IFRA developed a workshop focused on defining potential training opportunities for science journalists as well as practical tips and tools that can aid non-science journalists in this space or aid niche reporters on relevant projects.
By bringing journalists together with different experiences and using co-design methodology, we were able to fully map out existing processes in the reporting of science and consumer affairs stories. This then allowed us to identify both the challenges and opportunities for improvement in these fields.
By publishing this design process, it is hoped that others might benefit from the expert discussions and perhaps build on their own initiatives to make significant developments, improvements and progress in this space.
The workshop – held in association with the UK Science Journalism Conference – was attended by a variety of journalists, including specialist science journalists working in a newsroom environment, science journalists working for specialist publications, journalists covering consumer affairs and general newsroom journalists who take on science/consumer stories.
The workshop was facilitated by Fergus Bell, a consultant for Dig Deeper Media.