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Parallel session

State of our trade

2 July

15:40 to 16:50

STCC, Room 5BC

The challenges of science journalism in the Global South — and how an alliance with the North could help

In the era of globalisation, journalism in the Global South ultimately affects the Global North. In this session, reporters from Africa, Asia, and Latin America will share the challenges they face and invite discussion on how individuals and science journalism associations can work with them to improve the situation.

They will tell their stories of struggling to get sufficient science coverage in countries where editors often think other types of stories are better sells. The lack of professional training, in science journalism and journalism ethics alike, threatens the quality and integrity of the industry. Operating in a country that lacks a functional democracy and a free press is not only taxing but dangerous to the journalists.

The panelists will set out the changes that they would like to see in their media landscape, how this could be made happen and how a closer collaboration with their colleagues and organisations in the North could help boost the quality and quantity of science coverage in their regions. We are all in this together. Please, come and join us in this South-North feast!

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