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Parallel session

State of our trade

4 July

15:40 to 16:50

STCC, Room 3BC

Freelancing from the Global South

It is hard enough pitching stories and working with editors as a freelance journalist. But those from Asia, Africa, and Latin America who write for media in the north face the additional challenges of language barriers, finding stories that appeal to an international audience, and unconscious discrimination.

As science capacity is being built up in the Global South, journalists from these regions have the best access to countless fascinating science stories that are out of the reach of those reporting from Europe and North America. This session brings together editors and freelancers to develop a strategy to map a way forward. The aim is to discuss training, access, and communication channels, give a voice to freelance journalists from the Global South, and enable editors to get more and better stories from these regions.

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