Science Storytelling Project
The Project “Science Storytelling – اﻟﻌﻠم ﺣﻛﺎﯾﺔ”
The project “Science Storytelling – اﻟﻌﻠم ﺣﻛﺎﯾﺔ” is a cooperation between the Goethe-Institut Cairo, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the ONA Academy, supported by the German Foreign Office. It is the follow-up project of the pilot project “Writing in the Scientific Field – اﻟﻛﺗﺎﺑﺔ ﻓﻲ اﻟﻣﺟﺎل اﻟﻌﻠﻣﻲ” in the year 2017.
The project’s goal is to strengthen science journalism in Egypt, to raise awareness for its importance and to fight the phenomenon of fake news . The project fosters the relationship between science on one side and journalism on the other side in order to support knowledge transfer to a broader public and to enhance the general response to researchers’ achievements from all disciplines. Therefore, the Goethe-Institut Cairo and DAAD offer a training program in specific skills needed to cover scientific issues for journalists as well as for scientists who aim to present their projects in non-academic media.
The training program will start with a four-day multimedia workshop (in Arabic) provided by ONA Academy, followed by a three-day workshop (in English) organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Goethe-Institut, led by two German science journalists.
During the workshop, the participants will learn more about science journalism in general. Furthermore, the participants will get to know methods of science journalism, innovative methods in the field, about how to make science attractive to the greater public and how to interact and attract the younger generation in particular. One day of the workshop will be held together with ten scientists from different academic fields and will give opportunities to exchange views, to build contacts and to network.
The two workshops in line of the project “Science Storytelling – اﻟﻌﻠم ﺣﻛﺎﯾﺔ” will take place at the premises of Goethe-Institut Cairo and the DAAD in February 2018.
Based on the training program’s input provided to the journalists, five multimedia pieces on different scientific topics will be produced by ten journalists after the workshop. The Goethe-Institut Cairo will cover the production fees of the five pieces, while the ONA Academy will be responsible for the production process.
In March, an independent jury will evaluate the five pieces and choose two winning productions.
The winners will have the chance to participate in a training trip to Berlin in the end of April and the beginning of May, in order to learn more about science journalism in Germany.
If the five winning production pieces meet Masrawy standards and match its editorial line, they will furthermore have the chance to be published by Masrawy.
Application Deadline: January 29st, 2018
Workshops: February 7 until 10, 2018, and February 12 until 14, 2018
Who is entitled to apply?
– ONA Academy graduates
– Multimedia journalists
– Print media journalists interested in multimedia
– TV journalists (VJs, Reporters, Producers, TV Scriptwriters, …) interested in multimedia
– Science communicators/YouTuber/Blogger
– Currently practitioner in the media field (traditional andor online media)
– Having at least one year of experience in the media field
– Having a real interest to learn and to work in the science media field
– Having good writing skills
– Computer and Internet skills
– Very good command of English (understanding and reading skills)